Re: Exemplifying apostrophes

From: John Hudson (
Date: Fri May 23 2008 - 12:21:36 CDT

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    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. :)


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