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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