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AlienGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-04 06:46 PM
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46. It took a long time
Edited on Fri Nov-19-04 06:52 PM by AlienGirl
I grew up with the two-space habit, as well as the Oxford comma, and British spellings (which I learned from reading British mysteries as a kid)*. Computers prefer one space, though, so I have learned to go down to one space and use US-standard spellcheck to clear up my spelling. I also don't indent paragraphs anymore.

Two spaces are necessary after a colon if you use the two-space system.


*I even managed to get my grade school teachers to accept British spellings in my papers.

(on edit: I am soo fried from school...)
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  -Grammar geeks: One or two spaces between sentences? Stevendsmith  Nov-19-04 05:50 PM   #0 
  - One! Only ever one  Book Lover   Nov-19-04 05:51 PM   #1 
  - I'm an old school typist  skygazer   Nov-19-04 05:51 PM   #2 
  - You just did  Goldmund   Nov-19-04 05:52 PM   #5 
     - no I'm a two spacer  mlle_chatte   Nov-19-04 05:57 PM   #12 
     - Didn't  skygazer   Nov-19-04 06:00 PM   #18 
     - Oh, my bad.  Goldmund   Nov-19-04 06:10 PM   #31 
     - DU autoformats whitespace  St. Jarvitude   Nov-19-04 06:01 PM   #20 
  - I think that's a question of typing etiquette, not grammar.  Goldmund   Nov-19-04 05:51 PM   #3 
  - Well, two, but Microsoft decided differently.  LisaM   Nov-19-04 05:51 PM   #4 
  - you can change that prefence deep in the bowels of Word n/t  mlle_chatte   Nov-19-04 06:09 PM   #29 
  - Only use two for typewriters. Use one for computerized typesetting.  htuttle   Nov-19-04 05:53 PM   #6 
  - Always two n/t  Worst Username Ever   Nov-19-04 05:54 PM   #7 
  - Two spaces is visually more appealling and easier on the eyes  NewHampshireDem   Nov-19-04 05:55 PM   #8 
  - I have been setting type for over 12 years  Book Lover   Nov-19-04 05:58 PM   #15 
  - Yeah ... well, I guess there's only one way to settle this ...  NewHampshireDem   Nov-19-04 06:06 PM   #26 
     - I accept your challenge, sir!  Book Lover   Nov-19-04 06:12 PM   #33 
        - "Oh, why did I have to slap someone who says 'Sir'?"  NewHampshireDem   Nov-19-04 06:15 PM   #35 
  - Agree. I always use two spaces.  question everything   Nov-19-04 05:59 PM   #16 
  - I'll use as many damn spaces as I please!  kostya   Nov-19-04 05:55 PM   #9 
  - I'm Studying To Become  Greylyn58   Nov-19-04 05:56 PM   #10 
  - Two!!!!! But I think the news automatically adjust after the period, no  Iris   Nov-19-04 05:57 PM   #11 
  - This is the first time I have ever heard anything about not using two  Pirate Smile   Nov-19-04 05:58 PM   #13 
  - With proportional fonts there is no reason to use two spaces,  billyoc   Nov-19-04 05:58 PM   #14 
  - What is this one space chicanery?  Us vs Them   Nov-19-04 06:00 PM   #17 
  - I always use 2 spaces (nt)  MaineDem   Nov-19-04 06:00 PM   #19 
  - It's hard to break the two space habit  NV Whino   Nov-19-04 06:03 PM   #21 
  - I have NEVER used two spaces after a sentence.  SmileyBoy   Nov-19-04 06:03 PM   #22 
  - Yeah - who cares about the reader, right? n/t  Iris   Nov-19-04 06:14 PM   #34 
  - ithinkspacearejustabigwasteoftimeandspace  fiziwig   Nov-19-04 06:04 PM   #23 
  - Two spaces create rivers of "white" in typesetting parlance  Democrat 4 Ever   Nov-19-04 06:11 PM   #32 
  - Video  Stevendsmith   Nov-19-04 06:04 PM   #24 
  - One for crying out loud  HEyHEY   Nov-19-04 06:05 PM   #25 
  - Two, Dammit, two!!! It's much easier to read.  MrsGrumpy   Nov-19-04 06:08 PM   #27 
  - 2 spaces between sentences  StopThePendulum   Nov-19-04 06:08 PM   #28 
  - Yes, after a period there should be two, but I think that is getting old  HEyHEY   Nov-19-04 06:09 PM   #30 
  - HS typing class, late 80's, one space only. n/t  fleabert   Nov-19-04 06:15 PM   #36 
  - One space --- only one space.  CornField   Nov-19-04 06:17 PM   #37 
  - Two is cleaner, and easier on the eye of the reader.  KrazyKat   Nov-19-04 06:18 PM   #38 
  - Thank you!  Iris   Nov-19-04 06:36 PM   #41 
  - one space! Ease of reading is in the eye of the beholder.  confusionisnext   Nov-19-04 06:40 PM   #43 
  - Question:  bri_in_austin   Nov-19-04 06:19 PM   #39 
  - The Gregg Reference Manual says two . . .  fifthgendem   Nov-19-04 06:33 PM   #40 
  - I automatically do two spaces.  gollygee   Nov-19-04 06:37 PM   #42 
  - **fellow grammar geek**  no. 13 baby   Nov-19-04 06:42 PM   #44 
  - Always three spaces between each word! You fool  Revolutionary_Acts04   Nov-19-04 06:43 PM   #45 
  - It took a long time  AlienGirl   Nov-19-04 06:46 PM   #46 
  - Think of the trees..  tridim   Nov-19-04 06:53 PM   #47 
  - Two n/t  qnr   Nov-19-04 06:55 PM   #48 
  - Two spaces for ease of reading after a period, but..  Groggy   Nov-19-04 06:58 PM   #49 

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