Bit of a newbie question. I have read somewhere (can't seem to find it now) that if you wish to write Mr. John Doe or Dr. Jane Doe that LaTeX with treat the . as a full stop and add an extra space.

Is there a simple way of writing Dr./Mr.etc in LaTeX so an additional space is not added.

  • Do you already tried to do what you're asking? How did you do? Could you add a MWE about it?
    – Aradnix
    Sep 26, 2014 at 17:36
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    You can write Dr.~Gman or Dr.\ Gman. The former option (~) is a non-breaking space, so a line would not break after Dr., which might lead to undesired results.
    – Adam Liter
    Sep 26, 2014 at 17:42
  • @AdamLiter Thanks; the duplicate question is where I was reading it. I just couldn't find it today when searching.
    – gman
    Sep 26, 2014 at 17:45
  • I disagree that this is a duplicate question. See my comment on this question. Sep 26, 2014 at 18:16

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The standard way to do this, I believe, is to use '~' between Mr./Mrs./Dr. and the following name. This has two effects: it eliminates the extra space, as you want, and also prevents the person's title and their name from being split on two separate lines. For instance:

 I was talking to Dr.~Sparks yesterday, who said\ldots

If you just want a single space, and don't want to disallow the line break, I believe you can use \ (backslash then space).

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    In the UK, and also recommended by Robert Bringhurst ("The Elements of Typographic Style") for North America: do not use a full stop (period) after an abbreviation that ends with the same letter as the full word. Hence Dr Jones, Mrs Jones, St Jones, but Prof. Jones, Capt. Jones. Sep 26, 2014 at 18:09
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    @PeterWilson -- Bringhurst is, incidentally perhaps (I've never read his book), palaeographically correct: the 'dot' was used in abbreviations to mark that the rest of the word was being suspended --- so "i.e." for id est, "e.g." for exempli gratia, etc. Often, when the 'middle' part of the word was being omitted, other conventions were used, notably a horizontal line over (some of) the letters that were not being omitted (see here). American conventions, sadly(?) do not maintain this distinction....
    – jon
    Sep 26, 2014 at 20:52

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