Re: What is wrong with white space?

Subject: Re: What is wrong with white space?
From: William Swallow <WSWALLOW -at- COMMSOFT -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 13:55:55 -0400

Most fonts these days are not set-width. The auto-kerning often
misrepresents a double-space after a period - the size of the spaces will
differ depending on the leading character of the next sentence.

The white space in this example:
will be different from this example:
and so on...

This is why the single-space is widely-adopted these days; it's cleaner. The
auto-kern allows for enough white space with only one space after a period.

Sure, the convention started in scientific documentation years ago and my
explanation is rather raw, but I don't think that this topic is worthy of a
lengthy discussion. I'm sure there's a Web site out there somewhere...

Bill Swallow
Technical Writer
a subsidiary of Billing Concepts
Albany NY
(518) 433-7698
mailto:wswallow -at- commsoft -dot- net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bev Lockhart [SMTP:bl -at- SEATTLELAB -dot- COM]
> Sent: Monday, July 26, 1999 6:30 PM
> Subject: What is wrong with white space?
> They changed the rules in between the time I was a newspaper editor and
> became a technical editor.
> White space USED to be considered a good thing.
> Who are the doc design gurus, and how did they decide upon "the rules"?
> Bev Lockhart
> Documentation Editor
> Seattle Lab, Inc. PHONE: (425) 825-7012
> 11730-118th Ave. NE FAX: (425) 825-7013
> Ste. 400
> Kirkland, WA 98034-7120
> mail to: bl -at- seattlelab -dot- com

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