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View Poll Results: Do you use 2 spaces after the period of a sentence?
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post #21 of 28 Old 06-28-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Just want to point out that everyone's posts on this forum are one-space whether you type two or not. It was built into HTML this way and is probably the biggest reason why one space has become the "norm." (No disrespect to typography.) Has nothing to do with text-schpeak (which I don't do either). You would have to insert a non-breaking space character code (&nbsp to get a second space, which is just way too much trouble.
I noticed that after my last post. I purposely made sure to put 2 spaces in to see, because I was noticing on others that they DIDN'T have two spaces after their sentences. In this post, I attempted to put 3 spaces in after each period. I guess we will see how that works out.

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First post from a lurking noob. I'm a 2-spacer as well. I learned the practice when I took typing in junior high school and it carried over into computers since, as the article mentioned, computers used fixed spacing as did those old dot matrix and daisy wheel printers.

What the article didn't mention (unless I missed it) was that those old fashioned lead typesets commonly included two different space pieces (quads): the en quad and the wider em quad. At least some word processors, like Microsoft Word, also use these spaces. En spaces are automatically inserted between words while em spaces go between sentences. However, this isn't universal. For instance, this forum software does not do so.

While the typographer in the article may be technically correct, I prefer the wider spacing that two en spaces provide. It improves readability to my eye. But since I'm an administrative professional, I guess I should change my ways...at least when using Word. That way I can be technically and "inarguably" correct while having my slightly wider em space cake and eat it, too.

Side note: Capital letters in those old tin type sets were commonly kept in a separate tray (called a "case") in a drawer or shelf located above the other letters, hence, "upper case" and "lower case" letters.
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I'm a two spacer. This was especially important in school when you had to write papers of a certain number of pages. Every space counts then...
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post #24 of 28 Old 06-28-2012, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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I added a poll, just to see how many people do or do not use two spaces.... Just curious.....

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Just want to point out that everyone's posts on this forum are one-space whether you type two or not. It was built into HTML this way and is probably the biggest reason why one space has become the "norm." (No disrespect to typography.) Has nothing to do with text-schpeak (which I don't do either). You would have to insert a non-breaking space character code (&nbsp to get a second space, which is just way too much trouble.
+1. I agree. When I was in school, I was taught 2 spaces after period when typing. Also, indention of 5 spaces for a new paragraph, and I think no spacing between paragraphs.

But since then, on forums, the single space only appears, so, that's what I do, and I break up paragraphs, with no indenting.






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I'm a one spacer. But it depends on how I'm feeling. Lol. Lol.

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I was taught two. However since MS Word has been teaching me how to spell since about 1981, Word also hits me up side the head when I double space. (Yes, I know that I can change MS Word to "like" 2 spaces but Word changes versions faster than me encountering any requirement for 2 spaces.)

I do use block paragraphs (i.e. No indentation) which most teachers grade 12 and lower hate. AND there is always a blank line between my paragraphs. For fun, use a "Hanging dentation" for paragraphs in school work. I handed in a woodworking procedure document with hanging dentation and the instructor circled every paragraph in red and wrote "WHY?". I got an "A" on the paper but obviously hanging dentation really hit a sore spot.

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I was taught two. However since MS Word has been teaching me how to spell since about 1981, Word also hits me up side the head when I double space. (Yes, I know that I can change MS Word to "like" 2 spaces but Word changes versions faster than me encountering any requirement for 2 spaces.)

I do use block paragraphs (i.e. No indentation) which most teachers grade 12 and lower hate. AND there is always a blank line between my paragraphs. For fun, use a "Hanging dentation" for paragraphs in school work. I handed in a woodworking procedure document with hanging dentation and the instructor circled every paragraph in red and wrote "WHY?". I got an "A" on the paper but obviously hanging dentation really hit a sore spot.
That is good to know. Did not mo I could change that setting on word.

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