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Re: (forw) Bug#189487 acknowledged by developer (Re: Bug#189487: lire: Typo in package description)

On Fri, Apr 25, 2003 at 01:05:12PM +0100, Pete Ryland wrote:
> Since early computers used modified typewriters as input devices, this
> practice has been followed to computers too.  I, for one, having learnt to
> type with a typewriter, normally follow this practice by habit, and I agree
> with Hamish that these days the correct solution would be for the display
> software to use an em-space or insert the extra space automatically if
> displaying with a monospace font.

I am in favor of double-spacing after periods because there is no way
the computer can know when a full stop (.) character with a space after
means the end of a sentence, and when it does.  Consider the phenomenon
of abbreviations not followed by other punctuation.

I think package descriptions should have as much information as
possible.  Discarding intersentence spacing loses information, as does
capitalizing the first letter of the short description when it is not a
proper noun, proper adjective, acronym, or other entity which would be
rendered capitalized anyway.

G. Branden Robinson                |       Convictions are more dangerous
Debian GNU/Linux                   |       enemies of truth than lies.
branden@debian.org                 |       -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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