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\frenchspacing is a Plain TeX macro which switches off extra space after punctuation.

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Polyglossia breaks \frenchspacing in TeXLive 2020 and 2019

Using XeTeX from TeXLive 2020 (or 2019), the following code gives the following output: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{polyglossia} \frenchspacing \begin{document} Sociable on as carriage ...
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Reducing the extra space after a period (without eliminating it) [duplicate]

I found that I was irritated by the extra space after periods in my document, so I turned it off using \frenchspacing. However, I was surprised to find I missed the space a little. Without \...
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Polyglossia pesky about spaces in front of punctuation (French - Lualatex)

I just installed a fresh version of Basic TeX (version 2019) for Mac after deleting all previous version of TeXLive. Documents which used to compile perfectly now fail due to what seems a very pesky ...
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How to put a vertical bar with simple spaces between sentences without French spacing

I am typesetting Biblical quotations in paragraphs following the convention of the French Segond 21: where there is a verse break inside a paragraph, there is a light gray vertical bar, with the verse ...
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Why latex is letting my text goes out of the screen? [duplicate]

I am fixing my thesis template, and on the middle of it I found some texts are going out of the screen, randomly. After hours of work, I could narrow it down to a simple MWE, so I could post a ...
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Does \frenchspacing make \@ redundant? [duplicate]

In TeX/LaTeX's default mode, there is extra space after sentence-ending periods, which needs to be suppressed with \@. when TeX would mistakenly treat it as ending a sentence, as in Mr\@. Bean. While \...
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illogical punctuation and non french spacing

There is a convention in American typesetting that punctuation marks such as commas and periods should not come immediately after a closing quotation mark; instead they should be moved inside. It ...
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Conflict between polyglossia and ucharclasses

I have an issue with the following (Xe)LaTeX code where I want to get proper French spacing around the punctuation. Here goes: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{polyglossia} \setmainlanguage{...
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Babel's \selectlanguage{} resets \frenchspacing

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 ...
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Are most TeX fonts other than Computer Modern optimized for \frenchspacing?

I assume that when Don Knuth created his Computer Modern fonts, he optimized them, at least in his opinion, for \nonfrenchspacing. But since almost all books that aren't created with TeX have no extra ...
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Frenchspacing not working in footnote

I have \footnote{\textit{Difesa della povera gente}, in: \textit{L’attesa}, p. 81; cfr. \textit{Ero disoccupato e mi hai trovato lavoro}, in: Giovagnoli, \textit{op. cit.}, pp. 232--233.}. which ...
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Why does the non-breaking space produce a double space with babel and \og and how to use both \og and non-breaking space?

I am wondering if this is a normal situation or a bug! \documentclass{article} \usepackage[french]{babel} \begin{document} Ceci est \og entre guillemets \fg. Ceci est aussi \og~entre guillemets~\fg,...
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microtype and french typography

In french, we put spaces before characters : ! ; ? when we type the text. For instance, we will type Que fait-on ? On met un espace avant les deux points : comme cela. If I do so and use microtype, ...
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Using \@-ified punctuation while using \frenchspacing

After reading this very informative TeX.SE thread about spacing and punctuation, I was left wondering about an issue that didn't seem to be addressed: using \frenchspacing together with the modified ...
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What is the ConTeXt equivalent of LaTeX “\@.”

In English text, TeX follows the convention of putting extra space after a period by default, which I like. However, in the case of abbreviations it causes a problem. To suppress the extra space, ...
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Strange microtype behaviour

I am trying to use the microtype package as illustrated in this page: http://texblog.net/latex-archive/layout/pdflatex-microtype/. But I am getting this output instead: So any ideas why this is ...
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Implementing a sort of "tightened frenchspacing"

By default, (La)TeX adds extra space between sentences. The exact rules are in the TeXbook, a summary by TH. can be found here. What follows is is my "executive summary": After any period (or ...
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\frenchspacing not setting the space factor codes correctly?

When I type \showthe\frenchspacing, I get the following output: > \frenchspacing=macro: ->\sfcode `\.1006\sfcode `\?1005\sfcode `\!1004\sfcode `\:1003\sfcode `\;1002\sfcode `\,1001 . Shouldn't all ...
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Double space between sentences

I've been reading a question on spaces between sentences on a sister site. The answers there seem to imply that the days of double spacing between sentences are over, and that this was a relic of the ...
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