Re: NBSP &c.

From: Alain LaBont/e'/ (
Date: Sun Feb 09 1997 - 10:49:11 EST

At 03:39 97-02-09 -0800, unicode@Unicode.ORG wrote:
>The reason we were talking
>about this is that I said that "van" and "den" and "Beld" were normal
>independent words in Dutch and that if Jan needed to bind them together as
>a non-breaking unit he should use the NBSP which is what the NBSP is for.
>Your argument that we should do this with SP instead simply because some
>existing software doesn't support NBSP is not very convincing.

It was not my argument. I personally use NBSP (I'm maniac about characters
like you, you know it). I just say that we should use it the other way
around as it is a more difficult thing (it does not work esily on a lot of
computers and environments in practice, whether we like it or not) but the
main argument is that the common of mortals don't have the slightest idea of
what we're talking about when we talk about this and, *ultimately*, you
can't tell on paper the difference with a space... that does not help
much... it is so much the case that under DOS, I redesigned the NBSP
character to show 2 pixels instead (it looks like glitches and a few people
notice it as dust on paper or malfunction of the screen). Unfortunately I
don't have the Fontographer to make TT fonts at will for use under
Windows... Talking to myself...

Alain LaBonté

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