From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 23 2008 - 12:21:36 CDT
James Kass wrote:
> In California public school typing class, we were taught to
> insert two spaces after periods because they are *required*
> in proper typing.
> In all my experience with "corporate America" in the '70s and
> '80s (including "temp" jobs as a clerk-typist), I can state that
> employers expected their typed business correspondence to
> adhere to that requirement.
Sure, because they'd also been told that it was 'proper'. But did anyone
bother to ask who had decided that it was proper or why? Did anyone
bother to look at typeset material and realise that this practice was
not reflected in real typography? Did anyone consider that the end of a
sentence and the beginning of a new one is already the most clearly
marked punctuation sequence in typical text -- a full stop, a space, a
following capital letter -- without any additional space?
On the positive side, though, at least people who were taught to type
'properly' generally know how to set tabs correctly. :)
-- Tiro Typeworks www.tiro.com Gulf Islands, BC firstname.lastname@example.org Nobody can possibly know the reach of language, whether liturgical or otherwise, so one should just keep going until one is too exhausted to go any further. - Catherine Pickstock
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