Re: LINE/PAGE SEPARATOR semantics in terminal emulators

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue Nov 03 1998 - 10:29:04 EST

Paul Keinanen wrote:

> While on a hardcopy device the FF and PS should have the same semantics
> (move past the paper perforation on a tractor feed system or load a new
> sheet of paper),

Surely not. Form Feed was designed to separate *pages*, whereas PS
was designed to separate *paragraphs*. Text using PS should not be
printed with one paragraph per page!

Are you thinking that "PS" means "Page Separator"? Unicode does not
define such a character, as FF does the job fine. LS and PS exist
because different systems used different conventions for line
and paragraph breaks.

John Cowan
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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