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On 08/16/2013 01:26 PM, Doug wrote:
On 08/16/2013 12:26 PM, Felmon Davis wrote:
On Fri, 16 Aug 2013, Bruce Carlson wrote:

this whole discussion rather puzzles me. I'm out of it because I've
never heard of a rule requiring double spaces between sentences (born
and raised in the US).

esthetically double space insertion annoys me when I have to edit
texts but otherwise I don't notice so double spaces neither facilitate
nor inhibit reading as far as I am concerned.

I gather from Brian Barker's (and others') posts that this has
something to do with typewriters - is this a rule one learns by taking
typewriter classes? (learned on a typewriter but can't remember if I
double-spaced or not.) is it a rule applied to some special area of
literature or publication?


Writing for publication should never double space between sentences.
However, to answer the question, above,when I took a typing class,
around 1952, I was told to double-space between sentences. In those
days, if anyone was writing for publication, it would go thru an
editor, followed by a Linotypist. Then, for book or magazine copy, there
were galley proofs. And when the type was set, there
would be no double spaces. Nowadays, when a manuscript (notice that
the word means "hand-written") is submitted for publication, very
little editing or proofreading is done--the computer-generated text
goes fairly directly to the offset press, or whatever typesetting
system is used. So do *not* double space anything any more! (BTW,
it's a hard habit to break!)


As I stated before, I always us double spacing, but will remove the extra space if it was going to be needed that way for the publication. I use proportional fonts 99% of the time. I still use the double spacing with proportional fonts.

Yes, it is hard to break the habit. I did some typesetting in the early 70's around the same time I programmed my first mainframe program. Not only were thee several sizes of glyph spacings, but shims and other thin inserts to work with the proportional type width and to justify the line on the typeset page.

The question of LO having no adjustable width for spacing. As for the number of Unicode spacings, then use them in your documents, well you can but it can be complex to implement since there are many ways and rules to choose the spacing and then you have to make it work with any printer the document is printed to.

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