RE: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.

Subject: RE: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.
From: "Bill Darnall" <billdarnall -at- writingandtraining -dot- com>
To: <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>, "'Robert Courtney'" <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:20:17 -0700

A widely used guide, "The Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association" (APA, vol. 6, p.88) specifies two spaces following the period
for draft documents. It says, "Spacing twice after punctuation marks at the
end of a sentence aids readers of draft manuscripts." However, APA explains
that for formal submission, one should follow the standards of the
particular publication's style guide. The point is, many schools require
students to submit their papers in APA format (i.e., two spaces). Perhaps
this is why you are seeing two spaces from younger writers.
-Bill


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Subject: French spacing vs single space after punctuation.

Hi Robert... you found that conversion? Where?

French spacing (or double spacing) is one of my few pet peeves. I annoys me
to no end. I know I should not let it bother me but it does.... Partly
because I am mildly obsessive compulsive (self-diagnosed LOL) and partly
because most people will never notice nor care. Nevertheless, when editing
documents from my engineering colleagues, I WILL waste time clearing out
those French spaces!

I was going to post this to begin a debate, however, this isn't up for
debate. The consensus is clear, this habit is an artifact from the
typewriter days that just needs to stop. Please!

Odd thing is, I am seeing the French spacing from authors far too young to
have ever even touched a typewriter. LOL.

Thanks for listening. I feel better now (after editing a 25 page technical
report with about 200 French spaces).

Shawn


On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
wrote:

> Thanks, I found the information about the single vs double spacing.
> Appreciate it.
>
> Bobby
>
> On 4/28/2014 9:00 AM, Jim Jones wrote:
>
>> Some call the double space after a period thing 'French spacing.' And, it
>> is a legacy of [fixed] monotype fonts. Hopefully these terms will help
you
>> find the conversation thread.
>>
>> Jim Jones
>>
>> linkedin.com/in/jimxlat <http://linkedin.com/in/jimxlat>
>>
>> Editing, Technical editing, Cartooning and Illustration, Translation,
>> other
>>
>> Twitter: @han4yu3 [Mandarin]
>>
>

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