[OS X TeX] overview of what TeX is producing

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed Mar 2 08:41:21 EST 2005

On 2 Mar 2005, at 1:09 pm, Gerben Wierda wrote:

> Anyway that is not important, but it does seem in your text that the 
> quote
> in the middle of the sentence is seen as the end of a sentence.
>    `Oh, I've had such a curious dream!'   said Alice.
> Strange, why does TeX think the closing ' is the end of a sentence 
> here?

The extra-space effect of sentence-ending punctuation such as period 
and exclamation is propagated past closing quote marks (and parens); 
see discussion of spacefactor in the TeXbook.

> Maybe the TeX code should be something like
>    `Oh, I've had such a curious dream!'\ said Alice.

Yes, that will work. Or consider using \frenchspacing, which turns off 
TeX's normal adjustments of inter-sentence spacing, and IMO may look 
better (depending partly on the choice of typeface). But this is (as 
that command name implies!) something where typographic traditions 


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