Re: One or two spaces after a full stop?

Subject: Re: One or two spaces after a full stop?
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 13:44:34 +0300

Jenna wrote:
two spaces after a full stop is no longer necessary. Most publishers
still use it, but it is more because it's hard to change than because it
needs to be that way.

** I think most publishers don't use it, because it's hard to
use. There's no way for any computer program to automatically
discern end-of-sentence, so the ideology has been changed to
suit the computers. Single-spacing doesn't bother the
graphic designers, either, because they consider text to
be a necessary evil and best kept glintless to avoid
distracting from the glory of the page design.

Readers, on the other hand, like a sense of where the end of
a sentence is. And the extra space helps.

(No, it doesn't produce rivers. Not unless your justification
is too primitive or your column is too narrow.)

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