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Re: Sentence spacing and nested quotes

From: Scott K. Laws <scott@elvis.mu.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 11:48:10 -0600 (CST)
To: Matthew Skala <mskala@ansuz.sooke.bc.ca>
cc: style-list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.05.9811271142130.4818-100000@elvis.mu.org>

  I think this problem may be beter solved by being able to, define
cirtin end of sentence characters and having the web browser kepp all
white space after them untill the first non white space character is
found.  That would solve the problem of things like periods being used
else where.


BTW, I have recently heard that double spacing after a sentence is no
longer concidered nessarry/correct in english.  I still use it though.

On Thu, 26 Nov 1998, Matthew Skala wrote:

> First: Sentence spacing.  I want more horizontal whitespace between
> sentences than between words in the same sentence.  Look at how, in this
> email message, I've got two ASCII space characters between sentences and
> only one between words.  This has been standard typographic practice for a
> long time and it makes the text easier to read.  At the moment, HTML makes
> all spaces the same.  It makes Web documents unpleasant to read.  In order
> to get the behaviour I want from the current generation of Web browsers,
> I'd have to insert &nbsp; character entities all over the place.  That
> seems like a bad thing.  I realise that i18n issues become significant
> here because not every language uses the same set of sentence-ending
> punctuation marks, and also not every period character is the end of a
> sentence, but it seems to me like it would be easy to have a place to
> define "characters that signal the end of a sentence if they are
> immediately followed by whitespace" and another place to define "amount of
> white space to use after such a character, when it's followed by
> whitespace".
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