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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I was in the two-space camp, but in the past year I have slipped.
    You are forgiven, my child. For even this board smiteth the second space.

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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    I was taught two spaces in grade school, and I kept the habit to this day. IIRC it comes from the early days of typesetting when it was easy to confuse a period with a comma, so the second space helped.

    Most word processors/forums/word accepting thingies will autocorrect to one space now anyway (I think this is one of them.)

    Another fun one I was taught: if a quote or parenthesis ends a sentence, the full stop period goes INSIDE them, "like this."
    A period should only be inside the parenthesis if the entire sentence is contained in it. For quotes, it's context-specific.
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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    I was taught two spaces in grade school, and I kept the habit to this day. IIRC it comes from the early days of typesetting when it was easy to confuse a period with a comma, so the second space helped.

    Most word processors/forums/word accepting thingies will autocorrect to one space now anyway (I think this is one of them.)

    Another fun one I was taught: if a quote or parenthesis ends a sentence, the full stop period goes INSIDE them, "like this."
    ^^^^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    ^^^^^^
    I do two spaces as habit. Doing tons of papers now for grad school and I cannot stop myself from doing two spaces

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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    I do two spaces as habit. Doing tons of papers now for grad school and I cannot stop myself from doing two spaces
    I've been developing and re-writing a bunch of our engineering business processes and you can tell immediately if I'm the author:
    --Two spaces
    --Oxford comma
    --Consistent punctuation
    --Consistent formatting

    I have zero problems with using two spaces. You can always do a find/replace when you're done instead of fixing every instance flagged by grammar check.
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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    I had to unlearn two spaces. I didnít even know it was a thing until taking a typing test for job consideration in Ohio. Someone asked before the test started. Iíve been doing it ever since.

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    You can pry the Oxford comma from my cold, dead hands.
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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    You can pry the Oxford comma from my cold, dead hands.
    Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    You can pry the Oxford comma from my cold, dead, hands.
    Fixed it.


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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Most notably, the test subjects read paragraphs in Courier New, a fixed-width font similar to the old typewriters, and rarely used on modern computers.
    Personally I think two-spacing is unnecessary with variable-width fonts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassAle View Post
    Personally I think two-spacing is unnecessary with variable-width fonts.
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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by BassAle View Post
    Personally I think two-spacing is unnecessary with variable-width fonts.
    Wait, no, that would make it worse. A fixed width font left justifies the period so a single space is about 1.9 spaces. But a var width font leaves no extra so the single space is just one space.

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    Re: Oil for The Gears, Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    You have it backwards.
    Are you sure?

    In a fixed-width font the "." should be centered so it can also serve as a decimal point. Variable fonts eliminate the "extra" space.

    At least that's what I saw back in the day when I cared about fonts...
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