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rule for period and sentence ending

From: Vincent Lefevre
Subject: rule for period and sentence ending
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 04:05:38 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21-6305-vl-r59709 (2013-04-16)


The current rule for sentence ending is:

14.3.3 Ending a Sentence

As mentioned above, Texinfo normally inserts additional space after the
end of a sentence.  It uses a simple heuristic for this: a sentence ends
with a period, exclamation point, or question mark followed by optional
closing punctuation and then whitespace, and _not_ preceded by a capital

I wonder why such an exception "_not_ preceded by a capital letter".
It seems a bad choice. Some acronyms end with a capital letter, and
such acronyms are usually written without periods, so that most often
Texinfo will do a wrong guess. See the acronyms on


for instance. An acronym can also mix cases and end with a capital
letter, e.g. "NaN" (for Not-a-Number).

IMHO, the exception should be removed, or changed to: except in the
case of a period preceded by a sequence of letters consisting of only
one capital letter.

Vincent Lefèvre <address@hidden> - Web: <http://www.vinc17.net/>
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