Message-Id: <199609221915.MAA11324@web1.calweb.com> Subject: Re: space To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 22 Sep 1996 12:15:37 -0700 (PDT) From: "Lee Daniel Crocker" <email@example.com> > Formally, in the English language there are situations apon which extra > space is inserted between items. Some examples include the two space > after a period ending a sentence and the two spaces between the state > and zip code in an address. Do people suggest this extra space be > maintained in HTML documents and how do people propose to do it? The "language" has no such needs; those are just old typewriter conventions that have no place in typeset text, and an HTML doc is typeset text. The spacing after a sentence or before a ZIP code is entirely up to the browser/style sheet. If, for some reason, you want to force the issue rather than letting the renderer make those decisions, you can certainly tell the browser your intentions with s or <span>s with an appropriate style. But as you point out, browsers vary in their ability to take a hint. In the long run, you might as well leave the text alone to preserve the integrity of the data, and trust that over time, browsers will come to display it most appropriately for their environment.