Daily Archives: June 4, 2012

One space only people, just the one!

Good lord people, leave the 70s, one space after a sentence. ONE SPACE only, I beg you. Do you use two spaces at the end of sentence? Why? Seriously why? Just don’t do it, please.

From: slate.com  –

“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.)

The problem with typewriters was that they used monospaced type—that is, every character occupied an equal amount of horizontal space. This bucked a long tradition ofproportional typesetting, in which skinny characters (like I or 1) were given less space than fat ones (like W or M). Monospaced type gives you text that looks “loose” and uneven; there’s a lot of white space between characters and words, so it’s more difficult to spot the spaces between sentences immediately. Hence the adoption of the two-space rule—on a typewriter, an extra space after a sentence makes text easier to read. Here’s the thing, though: Monospaced fonts went out in the 1970s. 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.) Because we’ve all switched to modern fonts, adding two spaces after a period no longer enhances readability, typographers say. It diminishes it.”

I highlighted and italicised the last sentence. One space. Just the one.

Note from the Universe

Really quick one for you tonight, I received a note from the Universe and just had to share it with you:

There are only two types of dreams, Bel. Those that have come true. And those that are coming true.

Whoooohoooooo!

The Universe

My favourite bit is the Whoohooo – who doesn’t love the Universe whoohooing them?

Thanks Universe 🙂

And thanks Kate for pointing me to these notes from the Universe, I love having an email every weekday night (for me in Oz-land) from the Universe. I recommend it to all, I haven’t had a churchy one yet, not that there’s anything wrong with that, just wanted to reassure those to whom that may be important positively or negatively.

With a note from the Universe I thought I’d use a pic that makes me smile. This is Little Man, when I told him Darth Vader was a baddie he asked me to take the photo. When he took off the mask he told me that he’d made an angry face for the photo cos he was a baddie – priceless! I think it was effective, don’t you? Thanks Universe.