Re: French group separators

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 14:24:30 EDT

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    From: "Michael Everson" <>
    > At 13:29 -0400 2003-07-07, Frank da Cruz wrote:
    > >Nobody is springing to the defense of this so I'll only say that
    > >it's a time-honored practice and we shouldn't be so quick to
    > >disparage it, lest we be disparaged several years hence for the
    > >things we do :-)
    > It's rotten, and when I typeset books
    > ( I always have to clean up the
    > text which is invariably littered with these artifacts of old
    > technology.

    I do the same thing: I compress all blanks with an invariable and automatic search&replace... before actually formatting the text with rich-text enhancements or markup. Multiple spaces are a real pollution when preparing a text for publishing...

    I do the same space normalization when preparing delimited or fixed text datafiles for import in a database table (I don't trust the behavior of the SQL CHAR(n) datatype)

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