Space after Periods (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 00:24:57 -0500
From: (Marc Andreessen)
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To: Terry Allen <>
Subject: Space after Periods
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Terry Allen writes:
> 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?



But seriously, how is a text widget supposed to know where a sentence
ends and where it doesn't?  That sort of syntactic analysis we can't

> Do we need something in the DTD?  Would
> a character entity (for "period-in-abbreviation") make sense?
> Regards,
> -- 
> Terry Allen  (
> Editor, Digital Media Group
> O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
> Sebastopol, Calif., 95472

How about backslash space?  (The heretic strikes again...)