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Subject:Re: Two spaces between sentences From:"Glanbrok, Slayer of Bluntskulls" <conehead -at- OVERTHE -dot- NET> Date:Sun, 14 Jul 1996 14:08:55 -0400
Mark Levinson (presumably not the electronics wizard) wrote:
The elimination of the extra space between
sentences is the product of an evil conspiracy
between graphic designers (who like a block of
text to project a nice even gray) and word-
processor developers (who can't distinguish
between a period+space at the end of a sentence
and a period+space elsewhere).
My question to Mark:
What rule would you have WP developers use? The first one that comes to mind is
"If the next character after the period-space is lowercase, it's not a sentence break. If the next character is uppercase, it is a sentence break."
Then what happens when you put the phrase "Mr. Levinson" in the middle of a sentence? Maybe you need a table of exceptions to the rule. The table would comprise all honorifics used in - what? - the "native" language of the typist. That doesn't allow for imported ones like "M." (fr.) and "Srta." (sp.).
I think the WP developers will solve this problem immediately after the grammar-checker developers solve theirs! (:-)
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