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Subject:Re: One or two spaces after a full stop? From:"Bergerson, Carl A" <Carl -dot- Bergerson -at- UNISYS -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 8 Aug 1997 14:24:34 -0000
Round and round we go!
A few years ago I was contracting and got into this with the in house
writer. She produced a secretarial handbook that espoused two spaces.
This was clearly shown in the illustrations which were set in 10 or 12
pitch courier. What she missed was the text was typeset in 10 point
Times and used a single space between sentences.
And, yes I can use Word's pattern matching to remove or add spaces after
punctuation. I'd have to write a, not too complex, macro to avoid doing
it in the wrong places (e.g., e.g.)<g>.
From: Mark L. Levinson[SMTP:mark -at- memco -dot- co -dot- il]
Sent: Friday, August 08, 1997 3:45 AM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: Re: One or two spaces after a full stop?
two spaces after a full stop is no longer necessary. Most
still use it, but it is more because it's hard to change than
needs to be that way.
** I think most publishers don't use it, because it's hard
use. There's no way for any computer program to
discern end-of-sentence, so the ideology has been changed
suit the computers. Single-spacing doesn't bother the
graphic designers, either, because they consider text to
be a necessary evil and best kept glintless to avoid
distracting from the glory of the page design.
Readers, on the other hand, like a sense of where the end
a sentence is. And the extra space helps.
(No, it doesn't produce rivers. Not unless your
is too primitive or your column is too narrow.)
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