gdgrana: (sokka speechless)
[personal profile] gdgrana
How many of you knew that having two spaces after a full stop is technically incorrect?

I didn't, and shame on you for never correcting me. Even never having read my sentences is a poor excuse.

(My God, this is going to be a hard habit to break D:)

Date: 2009-01-29 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
o.O wait, what? I'm confused.

Date: 2009-01-29 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
At the end of a sentence with a period (a.k.a., a full stop), you're not technically supposed to place two spaces before the next one.

Date: 2009-01-29 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2009-01-29 06:37 pm (UTC)
ursamajor: Tajel on geeks (geeks: love them)
From: [personal profile] ursamajor
It only became true once people switched over to computers, and typographers designed fonts that didn't require a two-space ... well, space (especially once we got away from using monospaced fonts), *and* that web browsers strip double spaces at least since HTML 2.0 (~1996 or so? they've been doing that since I got on the net.). It's a moderately recent development; my typing class in 1992 was taught on computers, and double-spacing between the end of a sentence and the start of a new one was still standard then.

ursamajor is a total typography dork

Date: 2009-01-29 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No further comment necessary.


Re: ursamajor is a total typography dork

Date: 2009-01-29 06:46 pm (UTC)
ursamajor: people on the beach watching the ocean (Default)
From: [personal profile] ursamajor
*snicker* Oh, honey. I'm a total AMATEUR when it comes to typography. I'm just a geek in general and an infovore ;)

Anyway, Wikipedia has some interesting background which makes sense - didn't realize single-spacing was fairly normal as early as the 50s in professional typesetting situations such as magazine publishing. But it was really the rise of desktop publishing that's mostly killed double-spacing.
Edited Date: 2009-01-29 06:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-01-29 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I was taught, 'round 1994, I believe, and we were still doing the double-space thing. I suppose the instructors - learned as they were on typewriters - have had trouble shaking it off.

Date: 2009-01-29 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It helps that official MLA style didn't change over to the single-space method until very recently, and even then, it allows for both. I tried to break the habit, but I gave up.

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