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Wow, never noticed people does that. Why would anyone do that, anyway?

Also, you know what drives me insane? When people use "your" instead of "you're"... Specially when this mistake is done by people from English-speaking countries.

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I was taught to use two spaces LONG before I learned to type.  When I was a little kid, it was always 'one finger-space between words, two finger-spaces after a sentence.'



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I could never do two spaces between sentences. Something about it just reminds me of RED all over MS Word. I had a professor who told us to do this, but I declined. Personally, I never had to worry about length in a paper anyway...



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Baalzamon said:
De85 said:

I was taught back when I was young to use two spaces, and I don't even remember from where.  Word has never given me trouble with the extra space so I've never bothered to change it.  Also, to be honest, this is the first time I've ever heard of it being a typography rule to only use one space...

Same here, even though I was going through elementary school in the late 90's, I was still taught to use two spaces.  I think it has a lot less to do with what is proper, and a lot more to do with what is a lot easier to read.  If I can recall correctly, the justification teachers used is that there is one space after commas and words, so putting 2 spaces makes it much clearer that a new sentence is starting, despite there being a period to indicate that.

yeah I think that is what we were taught as well only about 5 years ago.  Even before I was taught to type properly though word always complained with the green squiggly line if you only used one space after a full stop.

Just checked out in word, doesn't seem to do that any more.  May be a bit hard to drop the habit though now that it is programmed into me. I don't even know if I want to.  Looks really squashed when I don't put 2 spaces in.



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9009pc said:
Baalzamon said:
De85 said:

I was taught back when I was young to use two spaces, and I don't even remember from where.  Word has never given me trouble with the extra space so I've never bothered to change it.  Also, to be honest, this is the first time I've ever heard of it being a typography rule to only use one space...

Same here, even though I was going through elementary school in the late 90's, I was still taught to use two spaces.  I think it has a lot less to do with what is proper, and a lot more to do with what is a lot easier to read.  If I can recall correctly, the justification teachers used is that there is one space after commas and words, so putting 2 spaces makes it much clearer that a new sentence is starting, despite there being a period to indicate that.

yeah I think that is what we were taught as well only about 5 years ago.  Even before I was taught to type properly though word always complained with the green squiggly line if you only used one space after a full stop.

Just checked out in word, doesn't seem to do that any more.  May be a bit hard to drop the habit though now that it is programmed into me. I don't even know if I want to.  Looks really squashed when I don't put 2 spaces in.

Yea, Word 2003 I think it was always wanted you to have 2 spaces, but the new ones no longer care.  Certain fonts I've discovered are also designed to make it look more appealing with only one space where it will still be a good break.  There are other fonts still used, however, that make it hard to tell the end of a sentence is coming if there is only one space.



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Nightwish224 said:

I could never do two spaces between sentences. Something about it just reminds me of RED all over MS Word. I had a professor who told us to do this, but I declined. Personally, I never had to worry about length in a paper anyway...

Actually, Word doesn't correct 2 spaces, and I believe through Word 2003 (Word 2007 is no longer this way), it actually put a squiggly line if you only had one space after a period.



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Hey I use 2 spaces between sentences!  And I have been taught that way from the first time I could write until 12th grade.



Baalzamon said:
Chrizum said:
Baalzamon said:

I'd be much more likely to trust something from MLA than an article from Slate.com, which I have never heard of.

http://www.mla.org/style_faq3

MLA, which around here anyways, is very common in regards to standards for writing, indicates that while one space is becoming more common, practically speaking, there is nothing wrong with using two spaces.

Go read any article or book. It's always one space.

Did you even read the article I posted?  I'm not saying that articles or books ever have more than one space, and it has nothing to do with what is standard.  If 88% of the people in the world started doing meth, does that mean I should do meth as well?  I'm saying that using the writing standard that is common (In the schools I have attended anyways), it states that while it is becoming much more common to use one space, there is nothing wrong with using two spaces.

But that's what I'm saying: it is wrong. People should write however they like, if you want to use 2 spaces, do it. if u want 2 type liek dis, do it. But it's both formally wrong. Check out any scientific or literary format and you'll see only 1 space is accepted.



I kinda think it looks better.  And it's funny that Word actually called one space wrong as late as the 2003 one.