A tiny typographic tantrum

16 thoughts on “A tiny typographic tantrum”

  1. Interesting observations. Since I mastered (almost) the California case many moons ago, I’ve maintained some interest in matters typographical. Despite the virtues of single spaces after sentences in computerized work, I’m afraid I still hit the space key twice most of the time purely out of habit.

    1. It’s a habit that was drilled into us, and writers really don’t need to change. Computers can easily correct it before publication, if that is the objective.

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  2. Double-spacing at the end of a sentence is second-nature to me. I could change that with some effort but it really doesn’t seem worth it. As for readability, what I prize most is the “reader mode” in the Safari browser. With one click the print enlarges and the ads disappear. Amazing! I’m surprised someone hasn’t suppressed it by now.

    1. I wasn’t aware Safari had that feature. Nice! I’ve been using Chrome for a long time. With an ad blocker. And can zoom in when I want something larger (don’t know if that’s a function of Chrome or the computer).

  3. I used to work with handset type too right before everything changed forever. I was a graphic artist beginning when everything was hand done in what my kids think was the dark ages. I doubt many others noticed the reversal of the type faces. I still double space at sentence end too. Not worth the trouble to me to change now. 🙂

    1. I started my career as a proofreader and copy editor and was one of those unlucky enough to have to impose consistency. Computers certainly made that job easier. Somewhere along the way I started typing with only single spaces, probably just so I wouldn’t have to change it later.

      I also used to not use line spaces between paragraphs and instead, indented each first line five spaces, as I was taught. With computers we’ve gone to line spaces with no indents. Fewer key strokes, and no worries about having to make all the indents the same size (another consistency problem I had to contend with). Once I got used to it, I thought it looked a lot neater and easier to read.

    1. I was such a terrible typist and avoided it so assiduously that I’m not sure how strong my double-space habit was. Nor do I recall exactly when I “unlearned” it. I just know that word processors and computers were godsends for me.

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