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RE: don't collapse two spaces at the end of a sentence

From: Reitzel, Charlie <CReitzel@arrakisplanet.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 12:48:12 -0500
Message-ID: <B5C79DDBC655D311B6BD0008C7E64D76013C1A05@exchange.arrakisplanet.com>
To: "'Dan Jacobson'" <jidanni@yam.com.tw>, html-tidy@w3.org
The HTML specs all require that multiple, adjacent whitespace characters be
collapsed into a single space character.  HTML developers everywhere quite
reasonably depend on this behavior.

take it easy,

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Jacobson [mailto:jidanni@yam.com.tw]
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 5:18 AM
To: html-tidy@w3.org
Subject: don't collapse two spaces at the end of a sentence

Gentlemen, are your sure that you always want to collapse two spaces
at the end of a sentence into one?  Perhaps you can let us "opt out"
of it maybe?   Let's see what Stallman says:

File: emacs,  Node: Sentences,  Next: Paragraphs,  Prev: Words,  Up: Text


   The Emacs commands for manipulating sentences and paragraphs are
mostly on Meta keys, so as to be like the word-handling commands.


   The sentence commands assume that you follow the American typist's
convention of putting two spaces at the end of a sentence; they consider
a sentence to end wherever there is a `.', `?' or `!' followed by the
end of a line or two spaces, with any number of `)', `]', `'', or `"'
characters allowed in between.  A sentence also begins or ends wherever
a paragraph begins or ends.


   If you want to use just one space between sentences, you should set
`sentence-end' to this value:

     "[.?!][]\"')]*\\($\\|\t\\| \\)[ \t\n]*"

You should also set the variable `sentence-end-double-space' to `nil'
so that the fill commands expect and leave just one space at the end of
a sentence.  Note that this makes it impossible to distinguish between
periods that end sentences and those that indicate abbreviations.

[Dan says: can we please not force us to mess with emacs defaults due
to tidy inflexibility?]

[By the way, i'm still to worried about BGCOLOR="black" etc. to use
newest tidy]
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