Austin Ziegler <halostatue / gmail.com> writes:

> On 11/29/05, Jeffrey Schwab <jeff / schwabcenter.com> wrote:
>> basi wrote:
>> > Looking for ideas on how to split a text file into sentences. I see the
>> > problem of basing the split on [.!?] -- they're also used in ways other
>> > than to end a sentence. If I have to do manual pre-processing of the
>> > text file, what editing might I do? Has anyone had to deal with this
>> > problem and how did you make life easier for you?
>> It's a common convention to separate sentences by double spaces.  I
>> started following this convention because Emacs expected it, and now I
>> use it always.
>
> As I noted above, this is an improper convention outside of the
> typewriter realm. If you are using anything other than a fixed-pitch
> font for display or print, you should *never* use two spaces.

Alternatively, use text processing systems that do the "right thing";
i.e. transform two spaces into one (e.g. TeX, HTML-based products).
There is no good reason a text processor should show two spaces after
each other in print.

> -austin
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