# [texhax] correct spacing between adjacent quote marks

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Mon Oct 19 02:43:56 CEST 2009

On 18 October 2009 P. R. Stanley wrote:

> Hi folks
> First off
> thanks for the help with the previous thread.
> The question concerns the correct amount of horizontal spacing
> between a single quote and a double quote mark. for example,
> ``\thinspace`bla bla'\thinspace''
> `\thinspace``rabit rabit rabit''\thinspace'
> or is it

\thinspace is a bit too large, IMO.

> `{}``my name is Michael Caine''{}'

This looks fine, but

> ``{}`That's a very tasteful peace of work, Miss Emmin'{}''

here the braces don't have any effect.  I'm clueless...

> I suppose the next question is whether the full stop (or period to
> our North American friends) is simply the "." or some other control
> sequence. Again, do remember that I'm playing with plain Tex at
> this moment in time.

Yes, a full stop is simply the ".".  However, the space after the full
stop is usually larger than the normal interword space.  You don't
want this extra space after an abbreviation.  You have to say

abrr.\ some text

in this case in order to get normal interword glue.

Regards,
Reinhard

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