Is non-breaking space a space?
jb.quenot at caraldi.com
Tue Dec 2 00:18:25 PST 2003
* Erik Trulsson:
> On Tue, Dec 02, 2003 at 01:31:07AM +0100, Jean-Baptiste Quenot wrote:
> > In /usr/src/share/mklocale, the file la_LN.ISO8859-1.src for example
> > contains a SPACE definition that includes the non-breaking space.
> > It seems that it is so since the beginning of FreeBSD, but is there
> > some reference, some standard that states whether NBSP is considered
> > a space or not?
> If you look at the locale definitions found at
> http://www.dkuug.dk/JTC1/SC22/WG15 it would seem that NBSP should be
> considered as a space character, but there might be some other
> standard somewhere else that says differently.
That's also my opinion. Let's explain the whole story: I'm
reformatting my email messages with textproc/par, and I noticed since
I'm using FreeBSD that all non-breaking spaces are converted to spaces
during filtering, just because isspace(160) is true. Of course, if I
put non-breaking spaces in my text, I'm not expecting the lines to be
broken on them, and I don't want them to be filtered out, because nbsps
make sense when used appropriately.
After a while, I discovered that the issue is related to locales. And
IMHO it makes sense not to consider nbsp as a space. Where shall I
report the problem?
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