From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 20 2006 - 03:04:48 CST
At 09:30 +0200 2006-01-20, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
>Thus, far from making the horizontal character unusable, this raises
>the question whether the four-dots ellipsis should be coded, too.
No. The first of the four dots is the full stop which ends the
sentence, and the other three are the ellipsis proper.
>At present, if you follow the three-or-four-dots methods, you would
>apparently need to use a horizontal ellipsis character followed by a
>full stop character (in plain text, that is - in styled text, you
>could use four full stop characters with spacing instructions,
>though this probably gets awkward).
>Or maybe in the opposite order, though then the odds of getting poor
>typographic result are higher.
Not at all. That is entirely font dependent.
>The point here is not whether the four-dots ellipsis is good style
>or not. What should matter in this context is whether it is actually
>used as a consistent method, and I have no reason to doubt the
>Manual in this respect.
The Chicago Manual of "Style" is a horrid, horrid thing, responsible
for much evil in the world of typography, however inoffensive it may
be with regard to the ellipsis.... ;-)
-- Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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