Again Sp after Per

Terry Allen <>
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From: Terry Allen <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1993 08:13:15 PDT
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Subject: Again Sp after Per
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I asked a similar question on comp.text.sgml, and got a good
suggestion from Anders Thulin:  if you want to maintain the
traditional convention of more space after a period that ends
a sentence, tag the abbreviations <ABBREV>U.N.</ABBREV>
and let the browser or formatter do the right thing.

I think the alternatives are to introduce an Abbrev tag or 
settle for no extra space after a period.  If this detail
of formatting is to be included in a style sheet or determined
by the user, it could be through a FRENCHSPACING toggle
(=YES or NO) somewhere.  The term is from Tex; frenchspacing 
is no extra space after a period.

I would be happy to settle for frenchspacing for WWW, at least for
now.  Or we could get into the question of what spacing should
follow a colon . . .


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