[TUHS] The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature

Chris Torek torek at elf.torek.net
Sat Nov 7 01:46:57 AEST 2020

>I use single spaces between sentences, but my ancestors 
>used 2... who knows why? :).


In typesetting, especially when doing right-margin justification,
we have "stretchy spaces" between words.  The space after end-of-
sentence punctuation marks is supposed to be about 50% larger than
the width of the between-words spaces, and if the word spaces get
stretched, so should the end-of-sentence space.  Note that this is
all in the variable-pitch font world.

Since typewriters are fixed-pitch, the way to emulate the
1.5-space-wide gap is to expand it to 2.


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