I know that \frenchspacing is the way I ought to typeset documents today, but I happen to like the double spacing after periods. To enable them, I use \nonfrenchspacing. But if I use babel and issue a \setlanguage{} command, it resets frenchspacing again. Is there a way to set it once per document (and maybe language) so it doesn't get switched later on?

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    \addto\extrasenglish{\nonfrenchspacing} (and the same for each language) should do, but it's difficult to say when you don't provide a MWE...
    – yo'
    Nov 2, 2014 at 23:54
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    \setlanguage is not a babel command. Please, provide a MWE. Nov 3, 2014 at 6:59
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    – egreg
    Nov 3, 2014 at 8:46
  • @tohecz: Thanks, the \addto\extrasenglish{\nonfrenchspacing} works fine.
    – cxxl
    Nov 3, 2014 at 10:24
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    @JavierBezos Look at the title. \setlanguage{}is obviously a typo! But we need an MWE.
    – Sveinung
    Nov 3, 2014 at 10:38

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Latest releases provide some hooks which you can use for this purpose. If it applies only to a language or some of them, follow the procedure already explained:


But if the setting applies to the whole document:


This line of code tells babel to execute \nonfrenchspacing after every \extrasLANG is executed.


The way how to add some declaration into a language setting is this (preferably in the preamble):


where LANG is whatever you need: english, czech, ...

The way how to enforce \nonfrenchspacing everywhere is:


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