Re: Single Spacing, Double Spacing, and Doing It Ones Own Way

Subject: Re: Single Spacing, Double Spacing, and Doing It Ones Own Way
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 12:01:15 -0700

Quoting Steven Oppenheimer <Steven -at- OppenheimerCommunications -dot- com>:

> Hello, all. I know the "convention" for writing these days is single
> spacing between sentences, not double-spacing.

I don't think you'll be thanked for reopening this topic. :-)

However, it's not really a convention. It's more a general work habit,
established by experience by professional typographers and typesetters. In
other words, it's not simply a rule that's followed blindly.

> 1. How many people out there agree with me that the single-space
> convention is flawed, and should be reconsidered?

Not me.

> 2. For those single-space fans out there, how many of you would reject a
> potential writer simply on account of his use of double-spacing on a Web
> site, or resume? (If you want to see how it looks in practice, check out
> my site, URL is below.)

It depends what the job is. If the job is straight writing, probably not. I
might wonder how well the writer knew the tools of the trade, but I doubt it
would be a reason for outright rejection.

If the job includes design, very likely. I suppose there might be a good reason
to double space on a particular project, and, of course, with a monospaced
font. However, on the whole, someone who claimed to be a designer yet
consistently double spaced would be undermining his or her own claim.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604-421.7177


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