Hence the adoption of the two-space rule—on a typewriter, an extra space after a sentence makes text easier to read. First electric typewriters and then computers began to offer people ways to create text using proportional fonts. Today nearly every font on your PC is proportional. Courier is the one major exception. It diminishes it. They used proportional typesetting. In a pinch, you might be able to count an r and t as a little less than one. Even so, we always put two spaces between sentences. Well, no. It depends on how the courses are served.
Everybody knows that. Tags: Farhad Manjoo , Slate. This entry was posted on Sunday, January 16th, at pm by Cynthia Haven and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Both comments and pings are currently closed. But I suspect that hot typesetting did proportionate typesetting of letter pairs, as you wrote, but not of spaces after periods.
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But the following sentence that is omitted in your reference but is included in the Atlantic piece is the clincher for me. Maybe two spaces after a period are allowed if the fish course is first, but not otherwise. He and I must not be as cultured as you are.
Except, as the man said, in Courier, which is monospace. I took a touch typing class in high school. I was taught to use two spaces between sentences, and it became ingrained in my brain. Now when I write on the computer for publication, some poor guy has to go through the text and remove all those extra spaces…. You can find similar sentiments in Leavis. Plato not only relied on dramatic dialogue for his philosophy, he also concluded The Republic — in which he banished poets from his ideal state — with the poetic myth of Er.
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