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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 13:28:47 -0500
Message-ID: <B5C79DDBC655D311B6BD0008C7E64D76013C1A08@exchange.arrakisplanet.com>
To: "'welch@units.ohio-state.edu'" <welch@units.ohio-state.edu>
Cc: html-tidy@w3.org
That is good to know.  Thanks.  It makes a lot of sense in the modern,
kerned and variable pitch font world.  The double space thing is really a
holdover from fixed-pitch fonts, going back, I'd wager, to the typewriter.

-----Original Message-----
From: welch@units.ohio-state.edu [mailto:welch@units.ohio-state.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 12:58 PM
To: Reitzel, Charlie
Subject: RE: don't collapse two spaces at the end of a sentence

FWIW, I started out as a layout editor (Quark) for a journal that adhered
strictly to the Chicago Manual of Style. We used a single space after
periods. Journals like Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and more all now use
a single space after periods. I think that this is a standard that is in the
process of changing. I believe the MLA Handbook still requires two spaces
after periods, but it's been a while since I checked.

Diane Welch

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,
Received on Tuesday, 11 December 2001 13:29:20 UTC

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