Re: space (reply again, sorry)

Foteos Macrides (MACRIDES@SCI.WFBR.EDU)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 10:43:08 -0500 (EST)


Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 10:43:08 -0500 (EST)
From: Foteos Macrides <MACRIDES@SCI.WFBR.EDU>
Subject: Re: space (reply again, sorry)
To: Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <01I9W5D43UJY007N98@SCI.WFBR.EDU>

Chris Lilley <Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr> wrote:
>On Sep 21, 11:51pm, Jon Bosak wrote:
>
>> Code point 10/00 (decimal 160) is called NO-BREAK SPACE in ISO 8859-1
>> (Latin Alphabet No. 1).  It is defined as follows:
>>
>>    6.3.2 NO-BREAK SPACE (NBSP)
>>
>>    A graphic character the visual representation of which consists of
>>    the absence of a graphic symbol, for use when a line break is to
>>    be prevented in the text as presented.
>[...]
>However, this is not what I and I guess most people assume is meant by a
>non-breaking space. What I understand is:
>
>1) it looks like a space (same width of space, etc
>2) consecutive nbsp are not folded into one
>3) you don't get a line break there
>
>Given the official ISO definition quoted above, I can cite no
>supporting evidence for two of those three assumptions....

	I think assumption 1) is "space no narrower than ensp, but
expandable with ALIGN=JUSTIFY".  However, in conjunction with
assumption 2), if might be better to assume a fixed ensp width in
all cases, and that's a better assumption in the cases I've seen
with it actually used.

				Fote

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