Barry A. Warsaw
Thu, 6 Jun 2002 22:21:29 -0400
>>>>> "GvR" == Guido van Rossum <email@example.com> writes:
GvR> The Emacs folks, who love Knuth, translated this idea for
GvR> fixed-width text into two spaces.
I always thought the Emacs folks adopted it because it made the
filling algorithms easier to deal with the difference between:
...on a stick with no mustard. At least, that's how I prefer my...
...in love with Dr. Frankenstein, and who once noticed a watermelon...
Two spaces after the sentence end and one after the abbreviation.
Here's some interesting information from XEmacs:
C-h f fill-paragraph RET
If `sentence-end-double-space' is non-nil, then period followed by one
space does not end a sentence, so don't break a line there.
C-h v sentence-end-double-space RET
*Non-nil means a single space does not end a sentence. This
variable applies only to filling, not motion commands. To change
the behavior of motion commands, see `sentence-end'.
It's clear to me that any standard wrapping code in Python needs to
handle either style.