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One Space, Two Spaces

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I cannot believe that I truly did not know this, apparently because I learned to type on a typewriter (back in the day), one is no longer supposed to use two spaces after the period at the end of a sentence. It all has to do with proportional fonts. And the funny thing is I love fonts, but I guess I don't really know much about them.

But from here on out, there will be less spaces in my writing. And wow is this ever a challenge. I've been typing since 7th grade, I was twelve, that's 36 years of typing. When they brought in PC's to high school my senior year, those of us who knew how to type had an advantage. But no one ever mentioned all this business about proportional fonts.

So I apologize, for all of my online writings being WRONG. You were all so nice not to mention it too, very polite, thank you. No I am not going to go back and edit them all.

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This one was kind of new to me as well, and you are right, it's a hard habit to break. Personally, I don't fret too much about it, I just type as feels natural to me, and if it's something that needs to be turned in all nicely formatted, I search and replace the double spaces with single ones.

:)

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one this was new to! And yeah, you're right, it isn't that big of a deal. And search and replace is a brilliant idea, thanks.

Honestly, who cares? I type two (as taught) but if it comes down to "proportional fonts", let's all admit that we don't know if a font is that way or not by name. Possibly all the basic default fonts ARE, but even so, you do what looks right for the font you have. Here are ten(-ish) random fonts. You can see that some are already widely spaced and some are quite compact. In some, the double space looks wrong, in others the single space is hard to distinguish from a word break.



Edited at 2013-04-26 03:52 pm (UTC)

That's a really great example with all those font examples next to each other, thanks. And you're right, of course it doesn't really matter all that much, in the end the words are the important thing.

I just never thought anything of it. You can have all the spaces you want when you're a great writer. :D

I've been arguing this with my son for pretty much his whole existence, and now you tell me he's right? LOL

The first thing I did was ask my teenagers and they said of course it's only one space why would it be two? I had no idea I was such a formatting dinosaur. Sorry, guess you gotta tell your kid he's right (they loooove that).

Oh now, that is very very true. Great point!

Wow never knew that but honestly I don't care/mind. XD

That was kind of my reaction at first too, I was just really surprised that I didn't know this.

FWIW, I don't think I've ever noticed single-vs-double spacing in someone's writing!

You know, I doubt I ever have either. I wonder if anyone has ever noticed it in mine?

I still do the double space thing out of habit, but I don't pay attention to it on anything I'm reading. Kinda silly that people would get so worked up over something like that though.

I agree, it is funny that there are people that notice or care about this stuff, maybe they just have an editor's eye or had a teacher that emphasized it at some point or something?

Or are a typographer or a graphic designer. *waves* :D

Yep, took a while for me to get used to that change too. Typing, for those of us who really learned it, is so automatic, that stopping the two spaces thing is just plain hard. :/

I only learned about this a few years ago when someone on my flist posted about how much it annoyed her to see people using double spaces! I'd always assumed I was doing it right and everybody else was wrong!

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