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On 09/06/2013 05:20 PM, Ken Springer wrote:
On 9/5/13 9:23 AM, T. R. Valentine wrote:
As a follow-up to our earlier discussion of one versus two spaces
following a full point/full stop/period, I offer the following passage
from /About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography/ by David Jury
(typos mine):


<sigh> With the different ways people reply to this group, this discussion is all over the place when using gmane and a newsreader. :-(

I think I've got all of these messages read, and it seems to me everyone has overlooked one thing, the font itself. What did the designer do with the individual characters and punctuation marks and whatever else may be in the font regarding white space in the glyph itself?

It seems logical to me that's going to make a difference in whether the spacing after a period, for example, should be 1, 1.5, or 2 spaces. And maybe, you'll just have to do some manual kerning.

Or...  Am I missing something?


I don't think you're missing anything, but most of us aren't using LO to prepare the *final* version of a document for professional publication (i.e., books, magazines, etc.). I would truly hope that a publishing house would do more than just take a word processing document and print it out in book format. (In fact, many professional writers use nothing more than Notepad, saying their publishers strip all user-inserted formatting anyway). So, if there's any manual kerning to be done, I would expect that to be done on a level far above LO.

When I argue for one space instead of two, I'm thinking in terms of business letters, memos, legal briefs (I'm a lawyer) or scholastic papers (I also teach at our local university). These are the types of documents I prepare with LO, and when preparing them, I want to follow professional typographic standards as much as I can. Ergo, one space. But, manual kerning goes beyond what I think should be expected of anyone on this level of document preparation.


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