[rfc-i] Wider space after sentence-ending periods, yes or no?

Paul Kyzivat pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu
Tue Apr 16 09:03:48 PDT 2013

I don't really care whether the documents are generated with one space 
or two.

But I *do* care that the spacing in the input to xml2rfc *not* be used 
to determine the spacing in the output!

I use the spacing in the xml file to enhance the readability of that 
input, with the expectation that such spacing will be ignored in the 
output. If that is changed, then I'll need to significantly rework all 
my old xml files the next time I need to use them.


On 4/12/13 8:51 AM, George, Wes wrote:
> We should remove any systematic handling of periods, period.
> As I commented in my review of the style guide late last year:
> "The draft references CMOS as the primary guideline for technical publishing standards for style and grammar. However, in section 3.2 it contradicts guidance from CMOS by requiring the use of 2 spaces after a period, with no justification for doing so. This appears to be a matter of pure editorial preference, and without some real justification, I propose that this requirement be eliminated, or that we simply require that the document is internally consistent, either using or not using the double space throughout. That is, for those who are so used to putting two spaces after a period that it is essentially muscle memory for them, and their document has been submitted in that format there's no reason to stop doing so, but there is no justification for wasting RSE staffer time adding or removing them to adhere to one standard. I look at this as something that is similar to the choice to allow both American and British English rather than enforcing one over the other.
> Citation: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/OneSpaceorTwo.html?old=OneSpaceorTwo03.html
> There is a much longer diatribe on the matter here, which includes a reference to MLA's agreement that two spaces are unnecessary. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html
> http://www.mla.org/style_faq3
> "
> Thanks
> Wes George
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> bounces at rfc-editor.org] On Behalf Of Nico Williams
>> Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 3:58 AM
>> To: RFC Interest
>> Subject: [rfc-i] Wider space after sentence-ending periods, yes or no?
>> See subject.  See also
>> http://trac.tools.ietf.org/tools/xml2rfc/trac/ticket/115 and ensuing
>> thread on the xml2rfc list.
>> (I'm for wider/two spaces after sentence-ending periods, but
>> *obviously* will do without.)
>> Nico
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