Nick Nussbaum writes:
> At 09:56 AM 9/23/96 +0100, you wrote:
> > Formally, in the English language there are situations apon which extra
> > space is inserted between items. Some examples include the two space
> > after a period ending a sentence
> >No, this is an antique convention or artifice from the days of the
> >typewriter. Printers in English tradiotionally insert a small amount
> >of extra space after a period, but not usually as much as a two whole
> >letter-spaces from a fixed-width font would imply. To try to insert
> >that much space when using a proportionally spaced font will probably
> >look very strange.
> It is true that "french spacing" is considered an obsolete typographical style
> in american typography, and it makes most contemporary typographers cringe.
Funny, why does TeX define French spacing as the opposite of what it
means elsewhere? But I agree with those typographers: text with extra
space between sentences looks old-fashioned.
> I believe that it is still considered an important style in France and other
> parts of Europe. If any typographer from Italy or France is reading the list,
> I'd appreciate hearing a comment. I also believe that inserting a
> non-breakig space is the way it is usually specified in those areas.
I'm not a typographer, but I think it is normal in Dutch typography to
use the same space between sentences as between words, I don't know
about French. However, it would be strange if the French put extra
space after a sentence, since they already put space *before* the
end-marker if it is larger than a comma.
In typewritten material this would look like this ! Or maybe this ?
Same for colons and semicolons. In print, this space seems to be
narrower than the normal interword spaces, and of course it never
breaks a line. I tried putting thin spaces before !?:; and I must say
I liked the result. Any Frenchman to confirm this ?
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- Re: space
- From: Nick Nussbaum <firstname.lastname@example.org>