Re: Two spaces between sentences

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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