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Old 09-05-2013, 02:02 PM   #46
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Well, one thing we've established is that there are a lot of old buggers in mobileread.com!
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:54 PM   #47
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I came across an interesting article on the history of spaces after periods, did I miss this linked somewhere else?

http://www.heracliteanriver.com/?p=324
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:23 PM   #48
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I came across an interesting article on the history of spaces after periods, did I miss this linked somewhere else?

http://www.heracliteanriver.com/?p=324
Page 2, post #23 ... but it's a good enough article to be worth repeating.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #49
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BTW, GA Russell, if you learned to type in 1966 and your avatar is a picture of you, I'd like to know what anti-wrinkle cream you use.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #50
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In answer to the op, I learned double after a sentence even though I grew up with computers and even learned to type on one. I never felt like changing my habit, nor did I ever feel pressure to in academia even though I wrote a lot across a wide range of disciplines and had some pretty detail oriented profs. Not sure if I just wasn't paying attention when I learned, but I never did put two spaces after a colon.

The first time I confronted the single space dogma, it had the kind of fervor from the xkcd strip attached below. In real life, I've never heard anyone who uses double spaces try and demand it of someone else.

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'The monospaced-typewriter-font story is a COMPLETE FABRICATION! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE' 'It doesn't matter! Studies support single spaces!' 'Those results weren't statistically significant!' 'Fine, you win. I'm using double spaces right now!' 'Are not! We can all hear your stupid whitespace.'
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:38 PM   #51
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Better not overusing them.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:18 PM   #52
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In answer to the op, I learned double after a sentence even though I grew up with computers and even learned to type on one. I never felt like changing my habit, nor did I ever feel pressure to in academia even though I wrote a lot across a wide range of disciplines and had some pretty detail oriented profs. Not sure if I just wasn't paying attention when I learned, but I never did put two spaces after a colon.

The first time I confronted the single space dogma, it had the kind of fervor from the xkcd strip attached below. In real life, I've never heard anyone who uses double spaces try and demand it of someone else.
I was just going to come here and post that.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:57 PM   #53
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wars have been started over less. (wasn't there something about the number of angels who could dance on the head of a pin?)
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #54
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #55
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2 spaces for me, and i learned on a computer. My laptop kbd is a piece of crap & the space bar is kind of unresponsive. I write with a markup language rather than a Whatyaseeizwhatyamightget word processor, so it's not such a huge deal.
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