# [OS X TeX] Handling punctuation and spaces after an abbreviation

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Fri Dec 2 23:24:44 CET 2011

Hello Nirav,

On 03/12/2011, at 8:59 AM, Nirav S wrote:

> In my writing I need to use the abbreviation SoS -- not the distress signal -- it stands for system of systems.  Some people prefer this typeset as "SoS" or "SofS" or "S-o-S" or one of these in italics.  To deal with this, I created a macro:
>
> \def\SoS{SoS}

Better is to use

\usepackge{xspace}
\def\SoS{SoS\xspace}

>
> which I then change depending upon the convention being used in the particular paper.
>
> My problem is that this macro doesn't work well it the middle of sentence, i.e.,

> What's the correct way to do this?  Right now, I'm making lots of mistake trying to remember whether to type \SoS\ or just \SoS depending on the punctuation (or lack thereof) that follows.
>
> Thanks!
>
> - Nirav

Hope this helps,

Ross

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