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Spacing Out

Published on July 6, 2018

One word space after a period, or two? Frank wades into the great debate. Word spacing conventions were often dictated by specific typing and typesetting technologies, and what was appropriate during the era of handset type, or even the typewriter, may not be appropriate today.

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By Gordon Pritchard on Jul 06, 2018

So, One Won.

 

By John Clifford on Jul 06, 2018

When I get a word document and bring it into InDesign, one of the first things I do is to do a search&replace for double spaces to make them single.

As for, what I've always called the serial comma, I used to do a lot of vintage Hollywood stuff and to me there is a difference between.

Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lloyd, and Arbuckle.

and

Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lloyd and Arbuckle.

So for clarity sake I've always insisted on a serial comma.

 

By David Avery on Jul 10, 2018

Newspapers (em dash) one space = more copy per column inch.

Student Termpapers (em dash)two spaces = fewer words per page.

 

By Pete Basiliere on Jul 12, 2018

@David

+1

 

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