Space after Periods

Terry Allen (
Wed, 30 Jun 1993 16:50:37 PDT

Rendered text usually has more space after a period that closes
a sentence than after a period that marks an abbreviation,
or a comma. I noticed today that Xmosaic 1.2 (and presumably
earlier versions) automatically provide this extra space after
all periods.

That didn't surprise me, as Tex does the same thing; in Tex you
have to escape a period after an abbreviation such as U.N.\ like
that to avoid this extra space.

How would it be reasonable to deal with this issue? Is it a
text-widget matter? Do we need something in the DTD? Would
a character entity (for "period-in-abbreviation") make sense?


Terry Allen  (
Editor, Digital Media Group
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Sebastopol, Calif., 95472