Please can I just say that I wouldnt know what =//= meant? I wouldnt know what "=" meant either. Is it ---"--- that is required? Or ---'---. Or even ---do--- . Only suggestions. Ditto's always been a pain since typewriters were invented... Thanks.
plankton, I agree with you. Ditto to me has always been a long line then the quote marks " and then another long line. The line has always been dependent on how long the item above it is. So, as it changes frequently there cannot be a symbol to cover it all.
Thanks for agreeing. I've seen lots of attempts at "ditto" but I don't think there is an accepted alternative (I've asked me wife an she's a secretary)in fact she says they have to retype the whole thing to avoid confusion...
Every reference I've looked up defines a ditto mark as ײ no leading or trailing anythings, and not curly double quotation marks.
You can find several characters which would do the job - the one I liked best was in the Hebrew bit of the Arial character set.
You can get this from the character map (insert - symbol) - and if you like, in Word, you can assign a key code to it - I would thing AltGr d would be good - then it becomes just another AltGr key, like the ?
Of the symbol in the first paragraph comes otu wrongly - blame them, not me!