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Re: description writing guide

Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net> wrote:
> On 05-Dec-02, 16:49 (CST), "Thomas Bushnell, BSG" <tb@becket.net> wrote: 
>> It is not possible for an automated renderer to figure out where
>> sentence boundaries are without some kind of help, and a mere period
>> is not sufficient help.  So, a good convention to establish might be
>> that the string ".  " indicates the end of a sentence, and ". " does
>> not. 

> While technically valid, I don't like his much, for a couple of
> reasons:

> 1. I suspect it will be very hard to get this consistently used
> in Debian descriptions, as there are a lot of people who do not
> naturally use the 'period-two-spaces' convention. (I suspect it is
> entirely determined by how much typing one did on real typewriters,
> pre-wordprocessor.)

Because nobody else has noted it yet I'll add it:

It is also depending on whether the peoople are English/American/etc.
or not.  For example it is not usual in French and German texts to
have bigger whitespace at sentence boundaries.  See "\frenchspacing"
in TeX.
                cu andreas

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