From: Grosso, Gary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jan 23 2006 - 06:19:41 CST
While I am not sure what the implications should be for the Unicode
standard, I have to concur with Jukka that, typographically, where there
are four dots used, they are always evenly spaced.
And certainly getting them that way in most software applications can be
Countering a possible argument that they are seen evenly spaced only
because that is the only way they could be represented with a
typewriter, my opinion is that they would be ugly otherwise. For me,
four unevenly-spaced dots would stand out in a page of text like a wart.
If fonts provided 4-dot ellipses (perhaps some do), then software could
recognize a FULL STOP + HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS (or HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS +
FULL STOP) and represent them with the 4-dot-ellipsis glyph. That feels
rather like the right thing to do.
It is true that adding a four dot ellipsis to the Unicode standard would
encourage font designers to add such characters, but it is probably not
the right thing to do.
Jukka K. Korpela wrote, in part:
This, however, apparently deals with spacing _around_ the four dots
combination. What seems evident to me is that in both methods, when four
dots are used, they should be equally spaced from each other and
identical to each other. Admittedly this is not mentioned explicitly,
but it is implicit in the idea of "four dots" - as opposite to referring
(three-dot) ellipsis and a full stop.
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