LaTeX normally leaves a little extra space after sentences. However, it
uses a rather simple rule for determining whether a period ends a
sentence: it assumes that periods end sentences unless they
follow an upper case letter. To let LaTeX know that a period does
not end a sentence after, for example, an abbreviation, use:
Jones, et al.\ (1993) ...
Such a space may also be needed after a text-producing command,
such as one defined with \newcommand.
As an example, consider
\water, \water\ everywhere, but not a drop ...
Note that LaTeX does not leave a space between the first \water
and the comma -- as desired. However, it would not leave a space after
the second one, running H2Owater into one word, except for the
trailing \ .
See \@. for the opposite case
See also Line and Page Breaking,
Spaces and Boxes
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Sheldon Green, email@example.com, 10 May 1995.