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(Related to this request, and this question)

For better or for worse, in French, one is supposed to insert a non-breakable space before various punctuation (? : ! ;).

I can hand-code  s into questions, but they get escaped in comments.

Is there any chance you could 'escape' the escaping for us? :)

UPDATE I've rolled a user-script to convert Ctrl-spaces to non-break-spaces (inspired by Frédéric's answer below).

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For better or for worse, in French, one is supposed to insert a non-breakable space before various punctuation. This is an english website...or did I miss something here? – Time Traveling Bobby Sep 2 '11 at 6:40
@Strait, yes, you missed something :) – Benjol Sep 2 '11 at 6:48

That would indeed be useful, even though special-casing a single HTML entity like that might not be the right thing to do (there probably are other entities that would benefit from the same treatment).

However, maybe we don't need special support to achieve this. There are ways to input actual no-break space characters, depending on your operating system and graphical environment. Wikipedia has a nice list here.

I was able to test the following key sequences:

  • Everything on Windows: hold Alt, (on the numeric keypad) 0, 1, 6, 0, release Alt.

  • GTK-based Firefox on Linux: Ctrl + Shift + U, 0, 0, A, 0.

  • On Mac, Alt +        Space        .

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Nice, but unfortunately :( – Benjol Aug 30 '11 at 9:49
Whoa! You just taught me how to type unicode characters on my linux machine! +1 – Paulpro Aug 30 '11 at 9:50
@Benjol, no keypad? Not even through an Fn modifier like on laptops? That's indeed unfortunate :) – Frédéric Hamidi Aug 30 '11 at 10:02
Fréd, woops! Well spotted, I just have to hit Num Lock, silly me ! (Not very convenient though, I think I'm going to try and hack together a gm script for alt+space!) – Benjol Aug 30 '11 at 10:23
This is the first occasion on which I've wanted a Mac for reasons of simplicity... – David Thomas Aug 30 '11 at 10:41
. testing some spaces. – genesis Aug 30 '11 at 22:42

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