[Python-Dev] textwrap.py

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 20:19:54 -0400

> (and thousands of similar entries.  from what I can tell, the more
> *real* research done by an author, the more likely he is to come
> down on the one space side...)

Knuth, when he invented TeX, heavily promoted a typesetting rule (for
variable-width fonts) that allowed the whitespace after a full stop to
stretch more than regular word space.  The Emacs folks, who love
Knuth, translated this idea for fixed-width text into two spaces.

Note that HTML also doesn't do this -- it always single-spaces text.
Looks fine to me.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)