# French spacing

In English, the space after some punctuation (most notably after period) is wider than a usual one; this is a standard behaviour of ConTeXt when typesetting in English. If you want to disable it, in plain TeX or LaTeX you would call `\frenchspacing`. In ConTeXt, you may say

`\setuplanguage[en][spacing=packed]`

```\enabledirectives[characters.spaceafteruppercase=normal]
By default space after uppercase followed by punctuation is set to `traditional` which enables a somewhat special hard coded hack in the tex engine where characters with sfcodes 999 nil a following spacecode setting, even when it's triggered by a `\ `.