I could be an arrogant d??? and say I told you so, and I rest my case.
At least I am not so strong willed as that article in the URL you
provided Virgil 8-) .
But honestly I was taught from my first days learning a language some 50
years ago to use only one space, and through my time on this planet this
has been re-inforced, along seeing what it does in digital documents in
As an experiment for anyone to try, just use a document written in the
most basic of editors, the text editor, save it as a .txt, then open it
with a word processor, anyone of your choice, then save it to an .rtf
etc. Try this with a number of formats, then reverse the process, save
as a .doc first then try and port it down to a basic text document, and
watch how the core basic punctuation / spacing is altered so radically.
Even as to the way we create digital documents, it seems every app/tool
we use has a different concept on punctuation and spelling. Even this
email copied and pasted to a word processor has it's own rules and will
be altered in some way.
This is what I was trying to cover in my reply on this subject a few
emails back. Punctuation is becoming an issues in all forms of digital
documentation and different languages, and my personal observation, non
worse than the English language affected. Never mind adding that garbage
mobile phone texting vocabulary many seem to have adopted and use, along
with the total loss of punctuation in this as well, to the issues we are
On 16/08/2013 02:23 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
On 08/16/2013 03:06 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
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.
Very well put, Brian, especially your observations about justified
text. Using two spaces on a justified line can sometimes end up with a
grand canyon of space between sentences.
A quick online search uncovered the following article about the
evolution of the practice (along with a whole slew of articles that
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