[texhax] correct spacing between adjacent quote marks

P. R. Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Mon Oct 19 09:29:41 CEST 2009

What does the "em" in the definition stand for?
At 06:57 19/10/2009, you wrote:
>On  18 Oct, 2009, at 19:43, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>>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.
>Of course one can make additional kerning spaces à la \thinspace. I
>usually use two extra positive thin spaces:
>\def\fino{\kern 0.1em }
>\def\finito{\kern 0.05em }
>(\fino from Spanish ``thin'' and \finito from ``very thin'')
>and one negative:
>\def\finoneg{\kern -0.1em }
>In (La)TeX, \thinspace is defines as {\kern .16667em }. The space
>between the dimension and the closing bracket *does* matter.
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