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On Fri, 16 Aug 2013, James Knott wrote:

Virgil Arrington wrote:
Just curious, since nearly every professionally published book since
the mid-1900s has had one space after sentence ending punctuation, do
you find reading books difficult?

I just picked up the closest book I had at hand.  It's "Computer
Networks", by Andrew Tanenbaum & David Wetherall, 5th edition, published
in 2012 by Pearson.. It has wider spacing between sentences than words.
Second book I picked off my bookshelf is "Ethernet The Definitive Guide"
by Charles Spurgeon, 1st edition, 2000, from O'Reilly.  It also has
wider spacing between sentences.  That's 2 for 2 of the first 2 books I

the academic presses I mentioned before were not 'technical' titles so I looked about and came up with:

_A Practical Guide to Linux_, Prentice-Hall: single-spaced.
_Learning the Bash Shell_, O'Reilly: double-spaced?

it's a bit hard to tell with the O'Reilly; I need to find a tiny ruler. some spacing between words look larger than some spacing between sentences.

guess it's different strokes for different presses.

hmm..., another O'Reilly text seems to have something short of double and longer than single. God, it's hard to discern the difference! but perhaps some here are right that these subliminal differences make a difference for ease of reading.

anyway, I agree with Tom we shouldn't disagree about agreeing to disagree.


Felmon Davis

By the yard, life is hard.
By the inch, it's a cinch.

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