Re: Exemplifying apostrophes

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 11:59:37 CDT

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    David Starner wrote:

    > On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:43 PM, John Hudson <> wrote:
    >> The key word here should be *glyph*. Correct cultural norms for spacing
    >> punctuation should not be a text encoding issue at all, any more than
    >> spacing any other glyphs should be an encoding issue. These should be
    >> display issues, handled via font intelligence and language tagging.

    > Taken most literally, that's obviously not a common practice at all; I
    > note the spaces after your commas and periods, and the examples I've
    > seen without them have struck me as erroneous and deficient.

    A word space is a semantic separator. The space that French typographers
    traditionally place before some punctuation marks is not. It doesn't
    change the meaning of the text whether that space is present or not.


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