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Re: Announce of the upcoming NMU for the nufw package

On 14/12/2006, at 2:20 PM, Matthias Julius wrote:

Regarding the double spaces issue it is probably pointless to ask for
a logic.  It's just the way it is.  Why do French put a space in front
of an exclamation point?  It's absolutely unlogical to me. (-;

Languages with multiple accents need to pad punctuation, put spaces before or after it so we can still distinguish the characters.

But I think it should be consistent, at least within one package.
What do native English speakers think about that?  (I know I should
ask that on l10n-english.)

As I said, it's an old typographical convention, making it easier to distinguish whole sentences comprised from blocks of metal type among a whole frame of those blocks. It's no longer necessary, and will only confuse other people.

from Clytie (vi-VN, Vietnamese free-software translation team / nhóm Việt hóa phần mềm tự do)

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