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Re: filling bug in text-mode

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: filling bug in text-mode
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 10:31:25 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> The patch below fixes the bug.  It assumes that more than one
>> successive periods should allow breaking even if they are followed
>> by just one space.
>> That's not correct--it SHOULD demand two spaces or a newline,
>> after three periods, just as it does after one period.

> Why?  A single period can signify a part of an abbreviation, like in
> Richard M. Stallman, but I can't see three periods doing the same.

IIRC the problem is what to do when filling

    foo bar...

Should it turn into

    foo bar... baz
    foo bar...  baz

By making "bar... baz" unbreakable we make sure that we can always choose
the second option.


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