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    one space or two between sentences?

    I got a reminder today of how old I am. Apparently using two spaces after a period is a relic of the typewriter era. The weird thing is that I'm using Dragon and I would assume that it would automatically put only one space between sentences. Perhaps there is a setting for it.

    are you guys one or two space people?

    Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. It's one of the canonical rules of the profession, in the same way that waiters know that the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork and fashion designers know to put men's shirt buttons on the right and women's on the left. Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period. (The Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, used widely in the social sciences, allows for two spaces in draft manuscripts but recommends one space in published work.) Most ordinary people would know the one-space rule, too, if it weren't for a quirk of history. In the middle of the last century, a now-outmoded technology—the manual typewriter—invaded the American workplace. To accommodate that machine's shortcomings, everyone began to type wrong. And even though we no longer use typewriters, we all still type like we do. (Also see the persistence of the dreaded Caps Lock key.)
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    I'm old enough...I use the old two space theory.

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    One because thats what dasher does.
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    2 for period. 1 for comma.

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    CareCure doesn't allow it. Type two spaces between sentences and it's automatically reduced to one.

    Just another example of how our freedoms are being denied us

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    I'll be damned. I just checked Dragon and it has a toggle for two spaces after a period under the Options menu, Formatting. I'm stepping into the 21st century and leaving my two space days behind.
    Last edited by Wesley; 01-14-2011 at 04:36 PM.

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    two space

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    They taught me two spaces in 10th grade typing (required course) class. I learned how to type 85wpm in 10th grade (with 5 or less errors), and it gave me a heads up on lots of people when the PC came to be ubiquitous 15 or 20 years later. If it hadn't been required, I never would have taken a typing class. It was for girls, in my gender-biased teenage mind. The stupidity of youth - luckily I finished the class, and once you learn to type, you don't forget. Like ridin' a bike.
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    I'm old enough to have learned the two-space rule, but I abandoned it a few years ago because it simply isn't allowed on some forums and blogs. Nowadays, there is a heightened emphasis on efficiency and speed. I get that, and it no longer seems like a big a deal to me, though at one time it did (especially since I was a medical transcriptionist for many years, and in that setting it was considered easier to follow a train of thought when sentences were more clearly separated).

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    Another thing I've noticed on the inter web is people putting a comma after and or but - growing up in the UK this was a big no no.

    Another inter web introduction or just another difference between American and English English?

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