Re: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.

Subject: Re: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: Helen OBoyle <hoboyle -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:19:02 -0700

Hello Helen,

>A simple command will fix this in most text editors.

Not easy in Google Documents.

>Just do it for them and stop whingeing, and get back to worrying about
conveying information.

I think you missed the levity of my post. My post wasn't meant to be taken
seriously.

>People who started typing decades ago are going to have this ingrained,

I think you also missed my point about the authors being so young as to
never encountered typewriters. The puzzle is where did they pick up this
archaic habit?

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There are worse things than people following outdated conventions.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

100% agree.







On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 5:06 PM, Helen OBoyle <hoboyle -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> 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 There are worse things than people following outdated conventions.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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