[TUHS] The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature
steffen at sdaoden.eu
Sat Nov 7 09:29:01 AEST 2020
Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote in
<20201106225422.GD99027 at eureka.lemis.com>:
|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? :).
|> 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.
Yes, the DUDEN of Germany says for typewriters that the
punctuation characters period, comma, semicolon, colon, question-
and exclamation mark are added without separating whitespace. The
next word follows after a space ("Leerschritt", "void step").
However, typewriters often place(d) those characters left in
a cell, so that the visual appearance is accordingly.
In novels around 66 characters is the recommendation i seem to
recall. I have that in mails, 72 in other text modes, and 79 for
everything else. (The latter lead to lots of ugly code once
i used tabulators, but different tabulator spacing would have
resulted in different look in $PAGER and $VISUAL, so ...)
|Der Kragenbaer, The moon bear,
|der holt sich munter he cheerfully and one by one
|einen nach dem anderen runter wa.ks himself off
|(By Robert Gernhardt)
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