From: Jim Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Aug 21 2003 - 16:26:34 EDT
Ben Dougall posted:
> i'd say wide. narrow means not incorporating some characters that would
> naturally fit into 'white space'. if i was parsing some text i'd
> consider a non-breaking space white space and i'd expect my code to
> reflect that. why would you not want your code to treat a non-breaking
> space or mathematical space not as white space?
Traditionally in c NBSP was not counted as white space. See
for one reference.
This may have been accidental, as c white space properties were defined
with only the 7-bit ASCII character set in mind.
But it would break current c programs if NBSP were defined as white
space. Logically then, if we exclude NBSP, other "hard" spaces should
also not be defined as white space.
Essentially NBSP was treated by many word processors and text editors as
simply a printing character, like any other printing character, with no
special "spacing" properties. It was only an imitation of a space in
appearance. Undefined characters in fonts might also appear as
imitiations of space in many printing systems. That did not make them
Of course under Unicode specifications NBSP is expect to expand like
SPACE for justification and so assumes some of the attributes of SPACE.
For compatility I think it best to not include any of the non-breaking
spaces as white space.
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