[development] LinksDB vs. Links

Matthew Jenkins mattj at inty.net
Wed Aug 2 15:50:27 UTC 2006

On 2 Aug 2006, at 16:41, Morbus Iff wrote:

>>>  http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/typespacing/a/onetwospaces.htm
>>>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_stop#Spacing_after_full_stop
>> Both american sites and meaningless to UK english grammar, which 
>> states that after a full stop you have 2 spaces.
> Please give me a reference from a well-respected UK grammar book. 
> Until them, you're non-authoritative and the unspoken Drupal style 
> remains (which is one space after sentences). (Actually, either way, 
> Drupal style is one space after sentences, so you'd have to conform to 
> that anyways to satisfy the Drupal jihadists.)
> There's a whole discussion about this particular issue at
>   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:
>     Manual_of_Style_archive_(spaces_after_a_full_stop/period)

I never trust wikis to be even vaguely accurate.

> in which they suggest it's not a UK vs. US thing at all (though, I 
> could find nothing authoritative in here that'd satisfy your UK 
> demands). More at 
> http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/andrewingram/entry/two_spaces_after, which 
> loosely quotes Lynne Truss' book EAT, SHOOTS & LEAVES as "typists were 
> taught to leave two– or even three–space gaps after a full stop until 
> quite recently. Also, semi–colons and colons used to have a space 
> preceding them and two spaces after." I have the book, but was too 
> lazy to find you an exact page reference for that

Nor blogs

> The Department of Chemistry at Oxford suggests otherwise too:
>  http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/course/word/msword-21.html

What do chemists know? ;)

> And some magazine I know nothing about suggests the same:
>  http://www.pisc.org.uk/
> But anyways, I'm all for authoritative sources. What's the name of a 
> respected guide in your part of the world? Over here, we have Fowlers 
> and the Chicago Manual of Style.
> (And note: don't think I'm picking on you over this.
> Dare to ask m3vrck about the ellipsis debacle!).

What difference does it make anyway since browsers compress multiple 
spaces down into one unless they are hard spaces or non-breaking 

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