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Re: [Groff] French punctuation

From: Robert Thorsby
Subject: Re: [Groff] French punctuation
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 10:39:20 +1000

On 19/05/10 09:45:03, Tadziu Hoffmann wrote:
> Just wondering... what did all the typesetters do in the
> centuries before unicode was invented?

They actually did it correctly, taking as much time as was necessary, 
and without having computer programmers looking over their shoulder 
trying to tell them there was an easier way. :-)

Without trying to re-open the debate about the "correct" spacing 
between the dots in the ellipsis, my Bible on the subject [the NSW 
Government Printer's "Printing Style Manual" first published in 1966, 
revised in 1969] predates computer technology and states that the 
separation between the dots in an ellipsis shall be an en-quad -- and 
woe betide any mere mortal civil servant who sent an MS to the Govt 
Printer with an instruction to do otherwise.

Robert Thorsby
Don't give up. Moses was once a basket case. -- Anon

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