2 comments on “Two Spaces

  1. Who am I to argue? My early experience writing was with a Smith-Corona portable typewriter. Because those typed letters were evenly spaced, it was difficult to see the tiny period ending a sentence.

    We in the US are ALL for efficiency. As a result, we eliminate inefficiencies whenever possible. (Damn that Oxford comma!) Modern printers hooked to these lovely laptops use beautiful closely-kerned characters which make single spaces and the full-stop period more visible.

    That is not to say I’ll be miffed if I read sentences distanced from one another by a second space. I am not a fan of “efficiency above all”.

    Let there be individuality and personal style. I only ask that writing be easy to read. Above all, DO NOT use full justified text for anything but narrow columns.

    There is nothing harder for me to read than a sentence e x p a n d e d. on a page!

    Insert emoticon or EMOJI GRIN of your choice here.

    • My portable was a Royal. These days I’m slowly learning how best to format my books for ePub. Latest – curly quotes. And no full justification, if I can help it. Ragged right all the way.

      When I first wrote Green Comet, I was doing my old familiar carriage return – tab for paragraphs. After I learned what a mess that makes of the CSS, I laboriously removed them all and started using a template.

      In case you might be interested in reading Green Comet, here’s a review of it. https://greencomet.org/2015/08/20/review-of-green-comet/

      Chris really put a lot of effort into his review, but I wouldn’t ask you to go to his lengths. One paragraph or one line, whatever’s comfortable for you. I’m already pleased that you would offer.

      rjb

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