[OS X TeX] French typography

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Tue May 31 16:04:25 CEST 2005

On May 31, 2005, at 9:52 AM, Steffen Wolfrum wrote:

> occasionally in french books I saw additional white space
> before/after french quotes


> before colon, semicolon, questionmarks and “!" (don't know name).

exclamation point. Also called a ``bang''

> Are there more typographic specials like this in French?
> And what is this called? French typography?

Depends on the timeframe. Normally these days there's no additional 
space after sentence-ending punctuation, hence the ``\frenchspacing'' 
command from Plain TeX.

If your French is better than mine, this might be of use:


and Luc Devroye's pages have this link:


and some others:



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