Space after Periods

Terry Allen <>
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From: Terry Allen <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 16:50:37 PDT
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Subject: Space after Periods
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Rendered text usually has more space after a period that closes
a sentence than after a period that marks an abbreviation, 
or a comma.  I noticed today that Xmosaic 1.2 (and presumably 
earlier versions) automatically provide this extra space after
all periods.

That didn't surprise me, as Tex does the same thing; in Tex you
have to escape a period after an abbreviation such as U.N.\ like
that to avoid this extra space.  

How would it be reasonable to deal with this issue?  Is it a 
text-widget matter?  Do we need something in the DTD?  Would
a character entity (for "period-in-abbreviation") make sense?


Terry Allen  (
Editor, Digital Media Group
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Sebastopol, Calif., 95472