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Re: Should nonbreakable space belong to whitespace class?

This has generated some discussion on bbedit-talk, the more productive of which is below:

On 24/02/2006, at 4:21 PM, Nigel Stanger wrote:

On 24/2/2006 5:21 PM, "Charlie Garrison" <garrison@zeta.org.au> spake thus:

I'm far from an expert in this field, but I consider non-breaking spaces to be
part of a word (similar to a hyphen).

While this is true from the point of view of determining whether to insert a line break or similar (hence "non-breaking space"), I would argue that it's *not* true from the point of view of determining what is and isn't a word. Therefore I would see no problem with including non-breaking spaces in the whitespace class. In fact, to me it seems rather perverse that something that visually is *clearly* white space is not classed as white space. To say that "white space" should be considered one word whereas "white space" is
considered two just doesn't make sense to me.

Just my 2¢ (actually, make that 10¢, that's shortly to become the smallest
available denomination in NZ :)

Nigel Stanger, <http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/ infosci/> Dept. of Information Science, <http://public.xdi.org/ =nigel.stanger> University of Otago, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND. +64-3-479-8179

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