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RE: Sentence spacing

From: Dirk Lotze <dlmusik@t-online.de>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 19:38:08 +0100
Message-Id: <m0zkBkS-0004zlC@fwd06.btx.dtag.de>
To: "style-list" <www-style@w3.org>, mskala@ansuz.sooke.bc.ca
Sorry, I'm new to this list. I hope the following makes any sense at all.

I think by now it is generally agreed that
1.) If you want to treat whitespace after a sentence different from
other whitespace, you first have to teach the UA to tell sentences apart.
2.) Sentences can't be separated relying on punctuation alone. An
understanding of content and context would be needed
- with other words: ai.

So, since sentences aren't pseudo-objects now, and Matthew seems
to want this sort of formatting, I would suggest one of the following:

- If you think sentences should be objects, you can use
span sentence { margin-right : 1.0em /* or whatever length you want */}.
Of course this will not make your html-source shorter or easier to read.
- If you want to distinguish different kinds of whitespace, you can
use the appropriate character entitiy references. There should be
something like &something; for larger spaces, just like &nbsp;

I hope these examples help to dissuade anyone asking for a
ai-UA only to insert some more space after certain periods. Such
software would be in favour with hardware manufacturers only.

Dirk Lotze
Received on Sunday, 29 November 1998 13:41:50 UTC

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