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Re: Spaces after periods (was: Documenting NEWS features for 25.1)

From: Nikolai Weibull
Subject: Re: Spaces after periods (was: Documenting NEWS features for 25.1)
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:32:58 +0100

On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM, John Wiegley <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>>>> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>>> +with the Greek lambda character @samp{λ}. In a TeX buffer, it will
>>                                            ^^     ^^^
>> Two spaces between sentences, please (we use the US English
>> conventions).
> I almost hate to say this, but I'm not sure this is the English convention
> anymore. A quick Google shows many, many sites that indicate that the modern
> convention is now one space, and none that recommend two spaces. I've even
> changed to one space in my e-mails, even, after being a long holdout for the
> two space rule.

I haven’t seen a style guide that says anything other than that one
space is preferred.  However, I thought the general rule was to use
two spaces to make it easy for software (oh, the continued irony of it
all) to distinguish sentence-ending periods from other periods.

Also, any typesetting software that doesn’t fold multiple spaces into
one isn’t a typesetting software.  Microsoft Word isn’t a typesetting
software.  TeX is a typesetting software, so using multiple spaces
shouldn’t affect the output at all.  (Perhaps Texinfo is different?)
Though, TeX, as far as I recall, favors adding space after a period
when justifying a paragraph.

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