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When I was learning such things back in the 1960s and 70s, a single space between sentences would have been marked as wrong. Things do have a way of constantly changing (evolving or deteriorating, depending on your opinion), but I still stick to the two-space standard after the sentence. I think that makes things more readable, and I believe readability should be the paramount goal.

-- Tim Deaton

On 8/15/2013 2:30 PM, Andrew Brown wrote:
Umm!! No Dave, that's what thousands of years of language and millions of literary academics and scholars, since time of man to present decided on in language standards, especially as we are referring to here, the English language.

Nothing to do with just HTML, a computer born programming language and not a literary language. The single space IS universally accepted as the norm for correct spacing in whatever medium we are writing / typing / printing in. It's what individuals do and teach incorrectly, but unchallenged on the whole, in adding double spaces between sentences. What one does and what is a standard is two different things.


Andrew Brown

On 15/08/2013 08:04 PM, Dave Liesse wrote:
Well, that's what someone decided, and it is the standard for HTML, but it still is not universally accepted. A double space, whatever minimal width the space is, makes it clear that a sentence has ended. There is an obvious difference from a single space following an abbreviation, for example. I don't expect a word processor to eliminate extra spaces (and I long ago disabled that "correction").


On 8/14/2013 20:38, Brian Barker wrote:
At 21:23 14/08/2013 -0500, Michael Morse wrote:
For some reason, I am no longer able to make a series of spaces using the space bar. After one space, pressing the space bar will not advance the cursor.

Rejoice! This is how all word processors should work. Countable spaces exist only in Typewriterland. With proper type faces, the space between words is anything from a minimum value up to whatever is required to range across a line. The spacebar no longer represents an actual amount of space but merely indicates a word break in the text. If you need to space material differently, you do it properly - using tabs, tables, frames, or whatever.

I don't remember changing anything so I have no idea where to even begin to look for whatever setting I assume I must have changed to cause this behavior. Can someone help me how please?

Yes: forget about multiple spaces and set up proper spacing using the correct facilities of your word processor, whichever that is.

(Oh, but if you really want to fossilize in Typewriterland in the previous millennium, go to Tools | AutoCorrect Options... | Options and remove the tick from "Ignore double spaces". And hang your head in shame.)


I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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