From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 16:21:51 EDT
From Robert Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Style, pp. 28-20:
"Use a single word space between sentences. In the nineteenth
century, which was a dark and inflationary age in typography and type
design, many compositors were encouraged to stuff extra space between
sentences. Generations of twentieth-century typists were then taught
to do the same, by hitting the spacebar twice after every period.
Your typing as well as your typesetting will benefit from unlearning
this quaint Victorian habit. As a general rule, no more than a single
space is required after a period, or any other mark of punctuation.
Larger spaces (e.g., en spaces) are *themselves* punctuation.
"The rule is usually altered, however, when setting classical Latin
and Greek, romanized Sanskrit, phonetics, or other kinds of texts in
which sentences begin with lowercase letters. In the absence of a
capital, a full *en space* (M/2) between sentences will generally be
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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