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# Re: Patch for end of sentence markup etc. in manuals

Richard Earnshaw wrote:

On Fri, 2004-11-05 at 13:35, Paolo Bonzini wrote:

This is an anglophone convention though. There is no trace of such a convention in France or Italy (hence the name of the TeX command \frenchspacing that sets a uniform spacing factor after all characters).

```We have a saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".  So, when writing
English...
```

Hmm, Rome - like in "Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant" ?

So, when writing English (i.e., the language of the Anglo Saxon usurpers of the Britonish Isles) we have to succumb to "American English" ?

I really love the following on wikipedia.org [Old English]:

"[T]he silent letters of Modern English, therefore, did not often exist in Old English. The K in "knight", for example, was pronounced.

which is more interesting if you know that "knecht" in the germanic languages means "servant".

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