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19.5.2 \frenchspacing & \nonfrenchspacing

Synopsis, one of:

\frenchspacing
\nonfrenchspacing

The first declaration causes LaTeX to handle spacing between sentences in the same way as spacing between words in the middle of a sentence. The second switches back to the default handling in which spacing between sentences stretches or shrinks more (see \spacefactor).

Some typographic traditions, including English, prefer to adjust the space between sentences (or spaces following a question mark, exclamation point, comma, or colon) more than the space between words that are in the middle of a sentence. Declaring \frenchspacing (the command is from plain TeX) switches to the tradition that all spaces are treated equally.


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