Re: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.

Subject: Re: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.
From: Helen OBoyle <hoboyle -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 10:06:12 +1000

Some of our brains have been taught that this is the proper way to do it. A
simple command will fix this in most text editors. Just do it for them and
stop whingeing, and get back to worrying about conveying information.

People who started typing decades ago are going to have this ingrained, and
even when they choose to do differently, and focus consciously on doing so,
it still won't turn out that way a lot of the time. When I moved to a
country with UK-English as opposed to US-English spelling conventions, I
had to learn and use them. I do, but it's NOT foolproof because a lot of
the translation between concept and paper happens in my fingers rather than
through conscious thought. Often editors have to turn z's into s's or add
u's to my o's, despite many similar words in the same document being
correct (because I was conscious of spelling when I wrote them). If you
wish to care about double spaces between sentences, make that your problem
instead of the engineers'. Be glad that your engineers apparently give you
legible enough documents that you have time to go picky on double spaces.

There are worse things than people following outdated conventions. Like
people who can't be bothered to follow any conventions at all.

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 9:57 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> Double spacing after sentences, colons and semicolons is actually called
> "English spacing."
>
> "French spacing" refers to a system in which single spaces are placed both
> before and after certain punctuation marks.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
>
>
> On 5/25/2015 4:18 PM, Shawn wrote:
>
>>
>> French spacing (or double spacing) is one of my few pet peeves.
>>
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