When I export an .org file to .odt, it changes my em dashes (---) as expected (which is great for HTML). However, the .odt file in this case needs to retain standard manuscript format em dashes ( -- ) unfixed. Basically a space, two hyphens, and a space.

Trying to get this result:

In org mode: Application of em dash here---looks like that.

Export to LibreOffice: Application of em dash here -- looks like that.

If possible.

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The simplest method would probably be to add

#+OPTIONS: -:nil

to the file. This will disable conversion of all special strings like -- (to ) and ... (to ).

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