Re: Origin of Ellipsis

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:42:50 +0100

On 14 Sep 2013, at 02:30, Stephan Stiller <> wrote:

>> This means that this dot will then need to be followed by two spaces when it is used as a sentence-ending period.
> This tradition is no longer current in the US. Though it's obvious there are still plenty of middle and high school–level teachers and college-level writing instructors teaching this in the US, not knowing that books and periodicals in the US haven't been using two spaces after a sentence-final period for a long time.

Books never used it. The tradition in typing was developed to assist typesetters to navigate the typewritten text they were setting. The typesetters never put two spaces after a full stop.

Michael Everson *
Received on Sat Sep 14 2013 - 05:45:23 CDT

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