[TUHS] The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Sat Nov 7 08:54:22 AEST 2020

On Friday,  6 November 2020 at  7:46:57 -0800, Chris Torek wrote:
>> I use single spaces between sentences, but my ancestors
>> used 2... who knows why? :).
> Typewriters.
> 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.

FWIW, this is the US convention.  Other countries have different
conventions.  My Ausinfo style manual states

  There is no need to increase the amount of punctuation ... at the
  end of a sentence.

I believe that this also holds for Germany.  I'm not sure that the UK
didn't have different rules again.

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