Midline ellipses [• • •] are bulleted characters that partially hide sensitive data. They indicate when a number, such as a credit card or Social Security number, is not entirely visible.
When to use 3 ellipses
To redact most numbers, like Social Security numbers, use three midline ellipses [• • •].
You may use this format across typefaces and platforms:
1. Place two regular spaces before the first midline ellipse
2. Then add a thin space between each midline ellipse and after the final one.
Or, use the Unicode string instead: U0020,U0020,U2022,U2006,U2022,U2006,U2022,U2006
When to use 4 ellipses
Credit and debit card data must be redacted using four midline ellipses [• • • •].
Written in Unicode:
Ellipses for credit card redaction
Baseline ellipses [...] represent letters, words, or phrases that aren’t shown. They also represent when a name or email address is only partially visible.
Type the ellipses as three periods in a row (or Unicode character U2026) after the last letter shown.
Redacted email address with three baseline ellipses.