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

From: Barney Wol <Barney.Wol@noctua.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 20:02:13 +0000
Message-Id: <v04210104b83c110a76e3@[194.222.114.132]>
To: html-tidy@w3.org
	Personally I always use two spaces at the end of sentences. 
Yes, it does hark back to the days of manual, fixed-pitch 
typewriters, but it is the way I was taught and, more importantly, I 
believe it aids legibility.  With no disrespect to Diane, compare her 
brief message below, to Charlie's.

	That the HTML specs require multiple white-space characters 
to be rendered as a single space certainly cleans up the resultant 
the layout, especially when there may be extra carriage-returns 
and/or line-feeds in the source, but it does make it more difficult 
for an author to achieve the desired result.  Perhaps we need a more 
common double-width space character?  Meantime, I am disappointed to 
hear that major publications are changing their style to be, IMHO, 
less legible.

	But this is getting a bit off-topic - sorry!  As Tidy's whole 
purpose in life is to legalise documents, I think that it should 
replace the double spaces.  If you disagree with the spec, then it is 
that which should be changed before Tidy.

	Just my two penn'th,

		Peter


At 13:28 -0500 11/12/01, Reitzel, Charlie wrote:
>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,
>Charlie


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