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RE: A proposed standard for CSS-controlled sentence spacing

From: François REMY <francois.remy.dev@outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:01:35 +0100
Message-ID: <DUB002-W150138FB9F34ED0EE2866ECA5290@phx.gbl>
To: "Thomas A. Fine" <fine@head.cfa.harvard.edu>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Why not just use &ensp; to separate sentences? 

I just tested in IE and this works fine with 'text-align: justify' and 'text-align: center' (the extended space can be 'collapsed' between two lines like a normal space) and you get one single space between sentences but the space is larger than an usual space (something like two times an usual space). 

I also tested in the other browsers, but this doesn't seem to work properly when 'text-align; justify' is specified... You should maybe report the bug to the browser vendors and try to get that fixed (that should be easy for them).

However, I must admit that, now that I saw it in use, I don't find the double-spacing easier to read (in fact, I find that significantly worse than a single space in the case of a justified text). As a Belgian person, I never saw this used once at all, so this haibt must be completely dead here.


> So wider spacing is by no means dead, and absolutely not "wrong". But
> another decade or two of HTML without a practical means for non-experts
> to use wide spacing between sentences will probably eliminate the
> practice entirely.

It's like old languages. There's nothing wrong with them, they just fall out of use because it's more akward to use them than some other 'more popular' language. Going against that trend is not particularly useful, if you want my point of view. 		 	   		  
Received on Friday, 11 January 2013 21:02:06 GMT

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