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

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Tue Apr 16 09:05:57 PDT 2013

Oh yes, please.  Eek, it had never crossed my mind that the input
spacing might be significant.  -T

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM, Paul Kyzivat <pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> 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.
>         Thanks,
>         Paul
> 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-----
>>> From: rfc-interest-bounces at rfc-editor.org [mailto:rfc-interest-
>>> 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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