French spacing vs single space after punctuation.

Subject: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 16:18:42 -0700

Hi Robert... you found that conversion? Where?

French spacing (or double spacing) is one of my few pet peeves. I annoys me
to no end. I know I should not let it bother me but it does.... Partly
because I am mildly obsessive compulsive (self-diagnosed LOL) and partly
because most people will never notice nor care. Nevertheless, when editing
documents from my engineering colleagues, I WILL waste time clearing out
those French spaces!

I was going to post this to begin a debate, however, this isn't up for
debate. The consensus is clear, this habit is an artifact from the
typewriter days that just needs to stop. Please!

Odd thing is, I am seeing the French spacing from authors far too young to
have ever even touched a typewriter. LOL.

Thanks for listening. I feel better now (after editing a 25 page technical
report with about 200 French spaces).


On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>

> Thanks, I found the information about the single vs double spacing.
> Appreciate it.
> Bobby
> On 4/28/2014 9:00 AM, Jim Jones wrote:
>> Some call the double space after a period thing 'French spacing.' And, it
>> is a legacy of [fixed] monotype fonts. Hopefully these terms will help you
>> find the conversation thread.
>> Jim Jones
>> <>
>> Editing, Technical editing, Cartooning and Illustration, Translation,
>> other
>> Twitter: @han4yu3 [Mandarin]

*Shawn Connelly*
Technical writer
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