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Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 21:32:02 +0100
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Subject: Re: Spaces
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From: Joseph Wright <[log in to unmask]>
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Frank Mittelbach wrote:
> Will Robertson writes:
>  > This is weird:
>  > 
>  >    \err_warn:nn{\temp~stuff~stuff}{}
>  > 
>  > Only the second tilde causes a space.
> why would that be weird?
> in plain TeX
>   \errwarn{\temp stuff stuff} 
> and only
>   \errwarn{\temp\space stuff stuff}
> in expl3 ~ is a space token and not an active char expanding to \space.

It took me a little while to realise this, but of course you are right.
 So that was not what confused me.

> It is a bitof a pity that space tokens are so deep down within the TeX engine
> behavior and that sometimes they get gobbled if explicit.
> Interesting question if it would be possible to do ~ -> \space instead but my
> guess is that this would break a lot of the current code

I was rather expecting \c_space_token to save the day, but it didn't.
Hence my confusion: \space isn't a LaTeX3 name.
Joseph Wright