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In article <EDE4B4D83 -at- pmail -dot- accentsoft -dot- com>, Bruce Brill
<Bruceb -at- accentsoft -dot- com> wrote:
> In light of the above, I submit that the one-two space question is not
> a question at all, but an answer. The use of one or two (or three or
> more) spaces after a period can be a tool to indicate how closely the
> following sentence is related to the one before.
> This same logic can be applied to the paragraph: What's holy about
> skipping precisely one line?
> Think about it: There is so little p'zaz in technical writing.
> Here's one tiny way that a little subjective creativity can be snuck
> in without compromising clarity, but, in fact, enhancing it. (It'll
> also put an end to the one-two space debate!)
The nuance of such a mechanical whimsy would waft over the reader's head.
It would be tantamount to impressionist writing: only the writer knows
what one and two spaces mean. It may simply be construed by the reader as
inconsistency. Besides, there are concerns beyond aesthetics to address in
a "one-two space debate." Here are just two:
1) Using two spaces after the period causes white rivers, which distract
2) Using one space after the period may create an ambiguity in sentences
ending with abreviations such as U.S.
I believe that this is a real issue that should be seriously considered
from all points of view: typography, layout design, technical
communication, cognitive psychology, linguistics. Would be a nice group
cwrites -at- usit -dot- net