Two spaces or one?

Discussion in 'Chez Ziggy' started by Tricia, May 5, 2018.

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  1. One space

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  2. Two spaces

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  1. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    This one is for you @SBrown. I hope it doesn't make you hyperventilate.
    One space between each sentence, they said.

    Snip from article:
    And so the rules of typography fell into chaos. “Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong,” Farhad Manjoo wrote in Slate in 2011. “You can have my double space when you pry it from my cold, dead hands,” Megan McArdle wrote in the Atlantic the same year. (And yes, she double-spaced it.)


    Maybe I'll be more consistent with this one of these days.
     
  2. Mothertucker

    Mothertucker Sweep Dodger Skier

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    Double spacing makes me st stutter .
     
  3. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    A sentence is a complete thought. It deserves and needs to be separated from the other sentences by two spaces. (period)
     
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  4. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    I just re-read this article and I wonder how this writer got it past the editor.
    Like this part:
    And that's just English. Somewrittenlanguageshavenospacesatall and o thers re quire a space be tween ev e ry syl la ble.

    Ob viously, thereneed to be standards. Unless you're doing avant - garde po e try, or something , you can'tjustspacew ords ho w e v e r y o u want. That would be insanity. Or at least,

    obnoxious.
     
  5. scott43

    scott43 Making fresh tracks Skier

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    I took grade 9 typing and Miss Petula Clark, no relation to THE Petula Clark, whipped my back with a pointer stick whenever I didn't use 2 spaces after a period... So you must understand. <-two spaces...
     
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  6. JeffB

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    The blame justly lays with the scalable font and the loss of many well-worn copies of Strunk & White.

    When I use the item below, however, double spacing prevails.

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  7. Eleeski

    Eleeski Out on the slopes Skier

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    It really irritates me when idiots in their fancy cars take up two spaces so noone can park next to them.

    This is the relevant part of this discussion, isn't it? How many spaces after a question mark?
     
  8. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Out on the slopes Skier

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    Two.
     
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  9. Monique

    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    I know it's only supposed to be one anymore, but my thumb can't seem to be retrained. It really doesn't matter on the web, as the browser will compress it anyway and just treat any of it as "some amount of whitespace goes here".
     
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  10. Fishbowl

    Fishbowl A Parallel Universe Skier

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    Why use spaces at all, the period doesn't need help.It's just a waste of space...
     
  11. dbostedo

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  12. ScotsSkier

    ScotsSkier USSA Coach Pugski Ski Tester Industry Insider

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    We have a winner! As one of our younger consultants pointed out to me when I was editing a proposal " the use of 2 spaces is a throwback to old far$s who grew up with typewriters. It is not required any more! ".

    Now I never really used a typewriter and and am still a ( fast) 2 (or sometimes 4) finger typist but I still find myself using a double space...
     
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  13. Catskill carver

    Catskill carver Getting off the lift Skier

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    O n e spaceher e
     
  14. Don in Morrison

    Don in Morrison I Ski Better on Retro Day Skier

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    In my high school typing class, they insisted on two spaces. I did it that way until I got into my current job. Got in a lot of trouble every time I double spaced. Now I'm scared to do it any more.:eek:
     
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  15. Jilly

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    I have to think about this. Yup 2 spaces when I was taught to type, but it was in the last century. 2 spaces after a : too!
     
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  16. François Pugh

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    A paragraph reads easier when the sentences are more separated.

    Using two spaces helps the reader. Not all readers need the help, but some appreciate it.

    Folks do get to feel good about themselves doing it in what they feel is the better way, which makes them better than the old farts who use two spaces. Plus they save trees by using less paper.

    Funny thing, many of these same people leave an extra line between paragraphs.
     
  17. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    It should be what good written grammer has always dictated, 2 spaces. Why should fashion change form?

    If you are typing on a typewriter, which on very rare occasions I have to do, what is correct today?
     
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  18. Bill Miles

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    I guess I have been doing it wrong all these years. I don't remember anything about two spaces from high school typing.

    On the other hand, I almost got into a fistfight once with a General Dynamics Tech Editor about whether it was an avionics system (me) or an avionic system (him).
     
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  19. Jim McDonald

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    Pretty sure it's just: the avionics ogwink

    Two spaces on a typewriter, one on computers with scalable fonts. Readability trumps rules :micdrop:
     
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  20. Phelmut

    Phelmut German for Northeasterner Skier

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    I know they changed it from 2 to 1, but I still use 2 cuz I'm a rebel.:ogcool:
     

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