Space between sentences (I'm on digest)

Subject: Space between sentences (I'm on digest)
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 17:45:34 +0200

Elizabeth Ross writes:
If you look closely and measure, the space following a period will be
just a tad wider than the space between words.

** I've measured, using a couple of different word processors,
and it isn't. I've heard the same thing, but I believe that
anywhere this side of professional typesetting software, it's
a myth.

But particularly in technical writing, where periods abound that
don't end sentences and capitals abound that don't start them,
the extra space between sentences is a very helpful clue for
the reader, and all the more important in proportional spacing
because the period and space are smaller there than in

The argument in favor of a single space seems to be supported
only by--

- comparisons that are really comparing proportional spacing
to monospacing, not one space to two in a given font

- comparisons where text is being tortured by narrow columns or
insufficient hyphenation

- comparisons of how easy it is to automate the given spacing
between sentences

- comparisons of how nice the page would look in a frame on
a wall, rather than of how easy it is to read

- sound and fury signifying nothing

I'm on digest, so if a cease-and-desist order has gone out on
this topic, I plead ignorance.

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