Re: worsrt documentation -Reply

Subject: Re: worsrt documentation -Reply
From: John Posada <John_Posada -at- NOTES -dot- CC -dot- BELLCORE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 1996 08:06:08 -0400

<Periods had two spaces after them, >

Why is this a problem? Leaving 2 spaces after a period at the end of
a sentence seems to be a sensible way of improving readability. Or
is this an old typist's habit that the computer age has solved

Two spaces after a period was common when the state of the art was a
manual typewriter and monospaced fonts. Yes, it was done to improve
readability and it seemed to work in that environment.
It seems so totally silly today, when most of us have access to
printing/composition equipment that is at least a little more high
tech than the old manual Royal with those jammin' keys.


I've presented documents with both one space and two spaces, as a test, to a
group of my users. I create my documents using Word 6, and output using 600
dpi printers.

By almost 3 to 1, they prefered two spaces after a period. I do too.
Therefore, that's what I use.

John Posada
Technical Proposal Writer
Bell Communications Research, Piscataway, NJ
(908) 699-5839 (W)
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