Re: Origin of Ellipsis

From: Philippe Verdy <>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:24:05 +0200

Reviewing hardcopy is still a very common practice when preparing drafts
for discussions in meetings. Even the UTC meetings may want draft documents
prepared with wide line spacing to facilitate the annotations duing
This will help the review, simply because it is faster to anotate a text
ducing oral discussions, than using a computer and being distracted while
discussions are going on. Lots of paper hardcopies are used everyday in
every organisations, and notably in those working on legal texts.

2013/9/14 Asmus Freytag <>

> On 9/14/2013 6:24 AM, Michael Everson wrote:
>> On 14 Sep 2013, at 14:16, Stephan Stiller <>
>> wrote:
>> 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.
>>> I see. I think you were mentally mixing this up with double inter-line
>>> spacing.
>> No, I wasn't.
>> Double inter-line spacing always looks stupid and decreases the
>>> legibility of a text. It can't be justified, yet somehow there is a
>>> tradition in the US to require it for writing assignments in a university
>>> context.
>> It facilitates comment by those who are reviewing the text.
>> Some people get this distinction between manuscript (draft) and
> publication.
> As for editing software, instead of being implemented as a text format,
> spacing should have been done as a view, albeit a printable one. That way,
> the reviewer (if using hardcopy) could have the wide line spacing without
> it becoming by force an essential characteristic of the document itself.
> But reviewing hardcopy is on its way out, so even this issue will
> disappear...
> A./
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