[vbox-dev] Double space after a period; needs update to 21st century standards...

Gianfranco Costamagna locutusofborg at debian.org
Wed Nov 1 12:11:21 UTC 2017


><humor>>If you are the developer that has been modifying _really recently_ the source files, mainly the license text (example: >https://www.virtualbox.org/changeset/69279/vbox), so as to introduce two (2) spaces (" ") after a period (".") at the end of a sentence (what was wrong with one?):

>* You need to get rid of your typewriter and get something more modern, like a computer (the machine that goes "Ping!").

>* Please let me be one of the first ones to welcome you to the 21st century!!! ;)

>From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_spacing):

>> With the introduction of the typewriter in the late 19th century, typists used two spaces between sentences to mimic the style used by traditional typesetters.[5] >While wide sentence spacing was phased out in the printing industry in the mid-20th century, the practice continued on typewriters[6] and later on computers.[7] ... >From around 1950, single sentence spacing became standard in books, magazines and newspapers,[10] and the majority of style guides that use a Latin-derived alphabet as >a language base now prescribe or recommend the use of a single space after the concluding punctuation of a sentence.[11]

I *really* need to refrain from posting a typewriter video of Jerry Lewis here [1].


PS: such diffs are really annoying in general, because some distro (e.g. yocto), are hard-coding checksums of licenses, to spot licenses variations, so bumping copyright years inside the license text and changing white-spaces makes our life a little worse :p


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcDQr75GlxI

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