[latexrefman] space vs blank vs white space

Hefferon, Jim S. jhefferon at smcvt.edu
Sun Aug 15 23:36:54 CEST 2021

Perhaps we could just change

  Both commands cause LaTeX to ignore spaces


  Both commands cause LaTeX to ignore spaces (that is, characters of category 10)

?  (I'd personally ignore the stuff on Knuth p 269 about any control sequence or active character whose current meaning is \let or \futurelet to such a character.)


We are altering the EULA.  Pray we don't alter it any further.

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In node \ignorespaces & \ignorespacesafterend we speak about removing
spaces, however, don't we remove all cat 10 charecters, that is not
only space characters but also all other type of blanks characters
(tab, newline, etc. ) and also unstarred \hspace.

My understanding of the terminology is as follows:
* space character = ASCii 32 character
* blank characters = ASCiI 9, 32, etc … characters
* white space = any sort of space that can be produced with blank
charaters or with other spacing commands ( \hspace, etc. )

So I propose to reword « spaces » to « white space », I can do that
with my next commit on the en.

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