Re: Spaces, spaces, spaces, should we or shouldn't we

Subject: Re: Spaces, spaces, spaces, should we or shouldn't we
From: Hal <ENSNYDER -at- ECUVM1 -dot- BITNET>
Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 09:58:55 EDT

Charles,

When one extra line of white space is used between paragraphs (we used to
call it "double spaced" in typing class), that extra space helps readers
"chunk" the entire area (of the paragraph) as one set or item of
information.

This helps readers visually perceived when one paragraph ends and another
begins. This is especially helpful to readers when one paragraph, especially
one that begins flush left (like this one) ends close to the right margin.
If an extra line is not included, readers have a difficult time figuring out
when one paragraph (or one thought) ends and another begins.

Indenting helps some, but even when we do this, the same sentence types
continue to cause problems. For example, this paragraph is indented 2 spaces.
So is this, but the reader can better see the break when whire space is
used effectively.

Like this.

Hope this helps some.

Regards,

Hal

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