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Re: [PATCH] Identify dependencies of dependencies in INSTALL

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-02-15 20:06:39 CET

Bruce Atherton <bruce@callenish.com> writes:
> Seriously, it used to be the standard but has long since been
> supplanted with a single period, thanks in large part to
> proportionally-spaced fonts. In fact, if your HTML has two spaces
> after a period it will still be shown as a single space by any browser
> (as a "feature" of HTML parsing). I know that I have become habituated
> to putting in only one space.
> However, since plain text files are almost certainly displayed fixed
> width, it makes a lot of sense to go back to that old standard for all
> our documentation. How many use a text editor with a proportionally
> spaced font? Or an xterm? So the rule makes sense, but I don't think
> you could say it was obvious. Not to me, anyway.

I wanted to avoid joining this thread, but I see I can't, heh:

Some editors' sentence-motion commands depend on that extra space (see
Mike's example of an ambiguous sentence-end for why). Personally I
also find it helps readability, but the main thing is that Emacs M-a
and M-e work when there are two spaces. Possibly other editors do
too, I don't know.

Certainly, let's keep leave it to the contributor's discretion,
though. I mean, do we really need a convention about the number of
spaces after a period? :-)

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