"Extraneous" space

jgmiller's picture

In a book that I am currently editing, I see in the page scans that there is usually a space before semi-colons, colons and question marks. Does this "extra" space need to be enforced in the book by adding the html code of " " ?


ElderDad's picture

space before semicolons

Personally, I remove them if I am editing a book for posting. Also, I remove them if I am proofreading. My theory is that some typographic idiosyncrasies don't need to be carried over. This is the case of old typographic "s" looking like an "f" that we know we don't want. I do likewise with the extraneous spaces we no longer put in documents. On the other hand, old spelling generally is kept intact.

Dave S.
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