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Shylass
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 3:04:19 PM

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I was always taught to put two spaces after a full stop when typing, and so that is how I do it. *Affect Yorkshire accent now* When I were a lass, *disaffect Yorkshire accent, unless from Yorkshire*, we were all taught it, and it's what we did.

However, not everybody does, and a wonderful, but unfortunate, mod has just needlessly been through an entire story of mine and removed the "extra" spacing after full stops. Embarassed

I looked it up, and this was the first link I found:

http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/typespacing/a/onetwospaces.htm

It looks weird to me without the double spacing, and I often have to go back through stories I have edited for people and take out the extra spaces I put in. It's always about half the way through that I realise I was subconciously doing it.

I also find it weird how we don't need to tab in for a new paragraph here too, but that's something I got used to easily.

So, do you double space or not? dontknow


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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 3:09:46 PM

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I do not double space, never having been taught to do so, but there other things I do, like put in extra commas where they probably should not be.

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 3:26:05 PM

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In my freshman year in high school (mid 1980's, don't judge) I had a choice between taking World Geography or Typing. I chose typing. Standard typing teaches to double space after all end of sentence punctuation. And after colons and semi colons (I think). Single space after all others like commas and parentheses. I still do both, except when typing in a space limited area like Lush Black Boxes or Twitter.

edit... those standards may have changed by now





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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:01:08 PM

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Putting double spaces into anything that appears on the web is ineffective anyway* - you can put 50 spaces in and your browser will only render one space (it's so your can make your raw HTML prettier)

Double-spacing is an archaic throw-back to the days of mechanical type-writers. Modern word-processors do actually give you a larger space after a full stop automatically which is closer to what would have been used in moveable-type printing than just hitting space twice.

[* unless replaced by the HTML special character " "]


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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:20:38 PM

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Please people, never use a double space for any reason . .
LadySharon
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:34:35 PM

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For my papers and news stories I turn in, we have to double-space for readability purposes and editing. Otherwise, I single-space after a full stop.

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:42:19 PM

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LadySharon wrote:
For my papers and news stories I turn in, we have to double-space for readability purposes and editing. Otherwise, I single-space after a full stop.


That would be double-line spacing, wouldn't it?

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:49:49 PM

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Shylass wrote: "I also find it weird how we don't need to tab in for a new paragraph here too, but that's something I got used to easily.

So, do you double space or not?

My response: 5 spaces on the paragraph indentation even with the line space/skip to separate them. That's what I vaguely remember from nearly 50 years ago. Yes, I automatically do a double space after the period.

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 4:57:21 PM

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There is a difference between typescript and printing.

In monospaced typewriter fonts it is usual to use a double space. But we stopped using fixed width fonts for almost all purposes decades ago.

Double spaces are never used in proper typography. In fact HTML will compress all multiple spaces to one unless you use the   entity.

LadySharon
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 5:04:43 PM

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overmykneenow wrote:


That would be double-line spacing, wouldn't it?


Yes, but we're told to do that since I took up typing. I still do the double space after a full stop out of habit, depending on what my instructors want.

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 5:58:41 PM

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I've never done double spaces, even though it is the way I was taught. I always thought it was silly and looked weird and messy, so in the interests of neatness and continuity, I single space after all punctuation.
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 11:37:26 PM

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overmykneenow wrote:
Putting double spaces into anything that appears on the web is ineffective anyway* - you can put 50 spaces in and your browser will only render one space (it's so your can make your raw HTML prettier)

Double-spacing is an archaic throw-back to the days of mechanical type-writers. Modern word-processors do actually give you a larger space after a full stop automatically which is closer to what would have been used in moveable-type printing than just hitting space twice.

[* unless replaced by the HTML special character " "]


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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:18:25 AM

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Double Spacing........... not seen this position before. Anyone got any video links.... dontknow

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I always do. Habit. Unless someone tells me to stop, I'll be stuck in my ways.
The indenting of the paragraph was easier, though, because I work in a template that automatically indents for me when I hit return. I've noticed indention is unneeded here, though. Still weird to me. My 2 cents



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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:07:32 PM

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Shylass wrote:

I also find it weird how we don't need to tab in for a new paragraph here too, but that's something I got used to easily.

So, do you double space or not? dontknow


We had this discussion about the double space after a period, and Morgan Hawke confirmed it is not correct...the double space thingy has something to do with what people were taught in typing class back in the day, myself included...and yeah, I still do the double space thing...I've been in a number of publications, and I don't recall anyone ever removing the extra space though...

As for the lack of indent at the beginning of a paragraph...that's generally the case for stuff posted online...single space, with an extra space between paragraphs and no indents...

If you submit something to a print publication though, they will almost always ask that the Word doc be double spaced with half inch indents at the beginning of paragraphs...


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