At 08:23 15/08/2013 -0400, James Knott wrote:
I have long been in the habit of putting a double space between sentences.
Indeed - and so have I.
I learned that in a typing class, IIRC.
Yes, but was that on a typewriter, where double spaces make sense?
What's the proper procedure in LO?
It's entirely up to every user what s/he does, of course. There are
two main points, I think.
o I would suggest that two spaces are probably useful with
fixed-pitch text as on a typewriter, especially when the
sentence-ending full stop will be spaced so far from the last
character of the sentence. So that's why we all learned that
way. But that no longer applies with proportional fonts. (I still
use double spaces in e-mail messages, since I send them as plain text
and have no control how they are displayed by recipients.)
o In justified text, there is no such thing as a "single space"
anyway: the size of the space between words depends on what happens
to occur in the line. So there is no meaning to "two spaces" either:
your word processor may permit you to include two consecutive space
characters, but two spaces on one line could end up narrower than a
single space on the next.
I'm really only throwing out the ideas, of course: it's up to
individuals what they choose to do. (You'll have noticed my
emoticon.) But it is worth dissuading novice word processor users
not to attempt to use multiple spaces to indent text, for example:
apart from being messy, this again will simply not work effectively
in justified text or when rendered on another system.. The original
questioner asked about "a series of spaces" (not necessarily double);
he could have been attempting to line up text in columns, where he
should (and could easily) have been using tabs or tables instead.
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