On 2006-08-25 05:50, David J Brooks <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: >On Friday 25 August 2006 04:19, Kyrre Nyg?rd wrote: >> Hello! >> >> I am just wondering why it says: >> >> "The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved." >> >> when I log in locally, but: >> >> "The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved." >> >> when I log in via SSH? The difference for you with untrained eyes is the >> double spacing after the dot instead of the standard single spacing. >> >> I was just curious if there's a reason to this or not. > > Back in the Jurassic era, when typewriters still roamed the earth, it was a > convention to leave a double-space following a period so that the reader > could more easily distinguish the end of a sentence. With the advent of word > processors (and proportional fonts) this double-spacing convention lapsed.
Which is very unfortunate, since none of the, so called, word "processors" can get it right(TM). Only TeX is a typesetting program that I have found smart enough to deal with properly spacing sentences, without the need for this doubled space character :-( > My guess is that the code for SSH was written by someone who learned to > type on a typewriter, or was taught by someone who learned to type that > way. A lot of people still use non-proportional fonts; especially when reading and/or writing program sources ;-) You really hit the mark with typewriter habits vs. word processors though :) _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"