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#1 of 45 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted January 14 2011 - 02:59 AM

No not with your cars, with your spaces after periods.  If so, Slate says you are WRONG.

http://www.slate.com/?id=2281146


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#2 of 45 OFFLINE   MarkMel

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Posted January 14 2011 - 03:18 AM

I am a two spacer too.  I won't stop either.


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#3 of 45 OFFLINE   Steve_Pannell

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Posted January 14 2011 - 03:23 AM

I was taught in typing class to use 2 spaces.  Right or wrong, I just think it looks better.



#4 of 45 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 14 2011 - 03:25 AM

From a HTML coding perspective, two spaces adds to code bloat as to generate that extra space requires the addition of


 


  (non-breaking space). HTML only recognizes one space between elements.


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#5 of 45 OFFLINE   Ockeghem

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Posted January 14 2011 - 03:45 AM

In typing class, this is what I was taught.  I continue to use two spaces, with the exception of books I am working on at the moment.  One publisher wants single spaces (as in keying in rather than typing), so I comply since I want them to publish my work.  But the other publisher isn't as picky when it comes to that, for reasons of their own (kind of like footnotes vs. endnotes).



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Posted January 14 2011 - 03:55 AM

A good question.  I was born and bred a two-spacer, learning to type at an early age on whatever old Remington or Royal, etc., we had in the house.  A few years ago I heard that the practice isn't necessarily correct, so I worked to become flexible with it.  Now I find I change instinctively, depending on where I'm typing, who I'm typing to, and the overall look (type of document, the font, etc.).

Before responding, I had to go back to a couple of posts in different threads to see what I've been doing here!  Looks like two, even though there's no reason for it.  But I'll bet I'm not consistent with it, either.




#7 of 45 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted January 14 2011 - 04:35 AM

That article failed to convince me that 2-spacers are wrong.  I hate that HTML removes extra spaces that I type online.


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#8 of 45 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted January 14 2011 - 04:41 AM

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#9 of 45 OFFLINE   Patrick_S

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Posted January 14 2011 - 04:44 AM

I’m probably a little older than most of you and of course I was taught to use two spaces. While in school this had the tangible benefit of using up more page area for those pesky page specific assignments.   


I have found that now with the advent of Word Processors and laser printers that I’m a one spacer. I think it looks good and is acceptable.


Times change gentlemen and so do styles; two spacing is a thing of the past.  



#10 of 45 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 14 2011 - 04:49 AM

It's not so much that it removes them, it just ignores them.

Originally Posted by Patrick Sun 

That article failed to convince me that 2-spacers are wrong.  I hate that HTML removes extra spaces that I type online.




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#11 of 45 OFFLINE   Ockeghem

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Posted January 14 2011 - 05:23 AM

And thank goodness that Word has a find and replace that can change all 'two spaces' to 'one spaces' globally, especially when you have some documents that are around 1300 pages in length.



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Posted January 14 2011 - 10:07 AM

I also am a two-spacer, despite being told repeatedly that one is now correct.   Sometimes I throw in three just to really piss them off.



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Posted January 14 2011 - 11:08 AM

I strangely    find myself countingthe     spaces in   this thread.   :)


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Posted January 15 2011 - 04:10 PM



Originally Posted by Patrick Sun 

That article failed to convince me that 2-spacers are wrong.  I hate that HTML removes extra spaces that I type online.


I'm a 2 spacer and that article has got me thinking about it.  I learned to type on a manual typewriter and was taught 2 spaces.  But it's a valid point that with proportional typefaces, 2 spaces may no longer be necessary.  He wrote the article with single spaces and it didn't bother me.


I guess I'm going to have to start paying to attention to what I read online to see how widespread the single space phenomenon is.


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Posted January 15 2011 - 04:17 PM

I also learned two space in high school typing class. Did it up through college in the 90s and then went to a basic design seminar, I think about newsletters or something, where the presenter basically said don't do two spaces. I don't quite remember his reasons, but I've been doing single spaces for over a decade now. :)


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#16 of 45 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted January 16 2011 - 06:26 AM


Originally Posted by Johnny Angell 

I'm a 2 spacer and that article has got me thinking about it.  I learned to type on a manual typewriter and was taught 2 spaces.  But it's a valid point that with proportional typefaces, 2 spaces may no longer be necessary.


If you look at virtually all professionally-typeset books and magazines, they use a single space. Two spaces create easily seen "holes" on the page.


I also learned two spaces on a typewriter, but gladly switched to single spaces on computers (don't recall when exactly, but way back).


And yes, HTML compresses all contiguous whitespace (which include tabs, carriage returns, and line feeds) into a single space:


You can type

 your  paragraph like

this


and it's all "smoothed out" for you. (The WYSIWYG editor here inserts   as appropriate to preserve the formatting.)



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Posted January 16 2011 - 07:35 AM

i do 2-spaces.  but then i usually don't capitalize either.  so two-spacing, in a way, further emphasizes the separation of sentences for me.  there was a thread on this subject in this forum a while back.


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Posted January 16 2011 - 07:57 AM

I'm a 2 spacer.  The only time I don't use two spaces is when texting.



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Posted January 16 2011 - 08:47 AM

I'm a two-spacer.  Yep.  I'm old.


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Posted January 16 2011 - 07:54 PM

Two spaces.  Reading that Slate article with the single-spaces, seemed "wrong", now that my attention was drawn to it.

Taking a quick flip through Newsweek, which I was reading earlier, suggests that while they may not rigidly two-space, they try to "allocate" more space after full-stops (periods) when space is available, which is probably pretty common when justifying relatively narrow columns of text -- indeed, sometimes there is plenty of extra space and gaps between words are several spaces wide.