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Re: [Groff] French punctuation

From: Tadziu Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Groff] French punctuation
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 01:45:03 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17 (2007-11-01)

> 2) suspension point 
> It seems that in english we should write:
> dot - short space - dot - short space - dot
> and add another dot to close the sentence.

Well, this is a matter of style (and much debate).
In practice, all variants exist, from fully spaced to
very thin spaced, and from "three dots plus final dot"
to "only three dots" even for sentence endings.

I generally dislike the four-dots version because I think
three dots are aesthetically much nicer, and you can
usually tell if the ellipsis ends a sentence by whether it
is followed by a sentence space or a normal word space (and
by the capitalization of the next word). (And of course the
first dot should have as much space connecting it to the
word before it as the space separating the dots.)

> In french we use an unicode character: U+2026 (without space
> before), which doesn't need anymore dot to close the sentence.

Just wondering... what did all the typesetters do in the
centuries before unicode was invented?

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