Michael Felt email@example.com added the comment:
Thanks. afaik, double spacing is a 'feature' a programmer added to a text processing language - of the WYSIWUG kind, because program's such as troff/nroff didn't need them. They, rather it, understood that a period followed by a space indicated the end of a sentence.
On 26/07/2020 18:39, Serhiy Storchaka wrote:
Serhiy Storchaka firstname.lastname@example.org added the comment:
I think they are not required, but recommended.
You should use two spaces after a sentence-ending period in multi- sentence comments, except after the final sentence.
You must adhere to the Emacs convention of adding two spaces at the end of every sentence.
AFAIK in English typography the space after a sentence-ending period is longer than spaces between words. In other European typographies they have the same width.
I thought it was where type setters, classically, used the break between the endings of a sentence - additional 'kerning' could be applied there.
Anyway - final question: does .rst reformat line-lingths, or does it
present everything literally - only adding
embellishments. I have
it does both - and, yet another convention for sentence endings is to
always start a sentence on a new line (and two new-lines indicate
start of a paragraph.
However, for now - double-spaces will remain - and I hope to remember to add my own :)