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chainmailmaiden
Jan. 16th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
I like the TARDIS computer, but it is a tad on the expensive side!
king_pellinor
Jan. 18th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
I like the double-space sibboleth. None of the reasons stack up, apart from "ordinary people use two spaces and professionals use one; I use one" :-) The one about "it creates a break in the flow of words" is excellent: that's *exactly* why I use two spaces :-D

Incidentally, I notice that the article is left-justified, which looks much uglier than two spaces ever does. I know it's another typographical convention, but it does aimed at writing in columns where the lines are short but the words are long - which isn't the case in this article :-) Still, better to carefully apply a rule where it's inappropriate than run the risk of people thinking you weren't aware of it :-D
king_pellinor
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thinking about this when I put two spaces into a sentence just now, it occurs to me that the author han't really addressed the size of a space, especially using proportional fonts. Are we talking n-spaces or m-spaces?

Typing into an email in Arial, I find that a space seems to be smaller than an n, and is certainly much smaller than an m; in fact, two spaces seem to take up less line than an m does - and that's talking lower case rather than upper.

So in a proportional font, using two spaces is simply making sure that you get something approaching a single m-space where the space is most important. In effect,hitting the spacebar twice is simply the way to insert an m-space rather than an n-space. So if you wanted to reconcile the two views, there's a nice compromise: one space is correct ; it should be an m-space; hit spacebar twice to insert it :-)
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