[Scribus] word wrap error

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Sun May 1 18:06:30 CEST 2005

Rainer Heilke wrote:

> Gregory Pittman wrote:
>> I'm not sure about the UK, but I know in the US, typists/word 
>> processors usually put two spaces between sentences, and this is 
>> perhaps where Scribus has a problem.  Since we're in such a habit of 
>> typing two spaces between sentences, Scribus needs to allow for this. 
> Just to clarify a touch, the "two space" habit is a hold-over from 
> typewriters and when computers only had fixed-width fonts. Whenever 
> you have proportional fonts, this is considered unacceptable (at least 
> it is here in Canada). Not to criticize, but I'm surprised anyone does 
> this any more.

Well, like so many other standards, I'd have to say on a practical 
level, there isn't any standard in the US, aside from 
publishing/printing.  You occasionally see typewriters dusted off and 
used.  The default behavior of Word and Wordperfect, for example (when 
they're working "right"), is to allow you to use one or two spaces 
between sentences, fixed or proportional font, but trim anything more 
than two down to two.
(I wonder of the Canadian situation might be an agreement between French 
and English.)

The other thing to consider is that text may be imported from a variety 
of new and old sources, and like Latex, I think it would be good for 
Scribus to adapt.  I wouldn't think the coding for this would be so 
difficult.  The chore of going through a lot of imported text and 
manually "fixing" this is substantial and subject to errors.

Whether it's a "bug" or not is a philosophical question, I think.  I 
should think that a space at the beginning of a line of text should 
always be explicit.


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