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one of my old high school friends alerted me to the fact that [the professional standard for spacing at the end of sentences has shifted from double space to single space].

This is an amazingly weird thing for me. It's been an automatic habit for me to do space-space after a period ever since i took typing classes in middle school, and when i first started doing HTML, it bothered me enough that HTML didn't take into account the extra space that i considered adding a hardcode nbsp to the end of my sentences to make it right.

Given that the standard has changed, i feel like i should change along with it and undo the habit of space-spacing after the end of a sentence. That, and i think that it would be a fun challenge. It's a part of my personal life philosophy to challenge habits like that, to find ways to force myself to think about things i wouldn't normally think about.

That, and it gives me extra characters to play with when i'm doing SMS. That's always valuable, right?

I think that it will be a tough habit to break. Part of that is because philosophically i still approve of and prefer a space-space at the ends of sentences rather than a single one even though i understand the justification behind it. That only makes the challenge more fun for me i think, except if i were to change the settings of my Microsoft Word to auto-detect that as sa grammatical error, because i really dislike the on-the-fly you-made-a-spelling/grammar-error thing that has found its way into most word processing programs and web browsers of today because of how much it distracts me.

But if that's the worst dislike i ever have to deal with, i'd say my life is pretty good. too bad that i know that's not the worst dislike i ever have to deal with.

life is still pretty good, though.

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nytelyte
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I heard about this "standard" and I don't have the motivation to change my habit of double spacing, so I'll continue to double space for the rest of my life. I've been taught to double space, and there's no way I can stop it.
lifeofmendel
Feb. 4th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
i felt like it didn't matter too much until i looked into it and got those statements from the Chicago Manual of Style and the MLA endorsing the single space. given the sort of recognition those have and my general bent towards professionalism regarding certain kinds of correspondences, i feel it's a worthwhile change to make.
miss_skillet
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
This was recently brought to my attention by some young whippersnappers. It took me ages to demonstrate that I am not retarded, this is just the way people typed back when I learned how to type. I dislike it. In reading it is significantly more difficult for me to spot run-on sentences or the end of a thought if a document is single-spaced at the end of sentences. This is actually a problem for me because I grade about 120 typed homework documents a week.

A part of me wants to move forward and adapt. A part of me wants to be irritating and hold onto it so in 60 years I'll be able to spot geezers like myself by their own typing style. The cutoff currently seems to be about age 25. The lazy part of me is winning so far--double spacing is like breathing, I do it without thinking.
marseille
Feb. 4th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
It still looks wrong.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Other Social Conventions
You know what convention I would love for you to adopt. Proper capitalization...so many lower case...UGH MY i's
(Anonymous)
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Other Social Conventions
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Josh BTW
icurnezko
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Other Social Conventions
Question marks at the end of questions? :-)
jemperly
Feb. 5th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
I heard about this a few years ago from my typophile friend. I begrudgingly started using the single space, but I actually prefer it now. Like you said--it gives me more space for useful characters in a limited setting (like SMS). Plus period-space is plenty of space to recognize the end of a sentence; period-double-space is just wasteful (in any respectable font, anyway).
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lifeofmendel
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
wow, you have the ability to switch back and forth? That's impressive.
crackoon
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
when i first started doing HTML, it bothered me enough that HTML didn't take into account the extra space that i considered adding a hardcode nbsp to the end of my sentences to make it right.

Yeah, I used to do that. I still do space space though, it's not an easy habit to break. Most internet based text inputs will kill the extra space though (the html thing like you said) so I just let that do the work for me :p
miss_skillet
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
^formatting fascism!
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