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Re: A proposed standard for CSS-controlled sentence spacing

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:14:52 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLbMPrHEBWd775H5k1298dfgc0t6j_JWmUHSOhE72zZHOQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: "Thomas A. Fine" <fine@head.cfa.harvard.edu>, www-style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>
On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>wrote:

> Two-spaces-after-a-sentence doesn't appear to be a reliable rule in
> modern English typing, and I don't think it's much of one outside of
> English either.

I believe that the habit of typing two spaces after the end of a sentence
was originally a workaround for lack of proportional letter spacing. With
the full stop in the middle of a full-size character cell, it's harder to
see the end of sentences.

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority
over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among
you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your
slave — just
as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his
life as a ransom for many.” [Matthew 20:25-28]
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