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Re: A proposed standard for CSS-controlled sentence spacing

From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:33:14 -0500
To: robert@ocallahan.org
Cc: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, "Thomas A. Fine" <fine@head.cfa.harvard.edu>, www-style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>
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On Fri, 2013-01-11 at 13:14 +1300, Robert O'Callahan wrote:

> 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.

A lot of many people believe this, although in fact the practice,
sometimes included in the term French Spacing, predates the typewriter.

It's particularly helpful in setting work with a lot of abbreviations,
such as Mrs. These can be especially confusing at the end of a sentence.


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