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DRI: The Point at Poipu, 3 deeded weeks, 1 of which is in The Club.
I cannot give up the double space after a period. It's so ingrained, dating back to that typing class I took in 1975 as a 7th grader. Will this always brand me into the older generation who can't learn new tricks? Anyone else standing with me on this one?
I was a two spacer for the longest time. Why did I give it up? Because it did make a readability difference with a typewriter or non-proportional font like Courier. Any typesetters out there?
Then I started using proportional font like Times Roman. The proportional fonts compress the 2 spaces so it's harder to tell 1 space from 2. Can you tell the difference between where I used 2 spaces in this line or the previous one? Let me know if you can.

Oops! I now see that the web site always turns 2 spaces into 1 in what's displayed after posting, even though they're still there when editing.
 

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As a writer and editor, I had to switch to one space with proportional fonts. It wasn't hard and didn't take long to become automatic. When I get manuscripts with two spaces to edit, I do a global replacement in Word.
 

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Two spaces
 

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concatenate
Huh? My new word for the day, and I am not going to look it up. Condense? Concentrate? Under what circumstances did you ever learn that word?
 

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If you do any academic writing you cannot use two spaces, the grammar police will nail you. It was hard for me but now I find myself "correcting" my wife's typing when she does it.

Neil
Well, if they call one versus two spaces "grammar", then their academic credentials are sadly lacking, IMO!

It is a "style" difference, not a grammatical one. Many organizations have a stipulated "style", which usually also includes such things as fonts and indentation. :doh:
 
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Huh? My new word for the day, and I am not going to look it up. Condense? Concentrate? Under what circumstances did you ever learn that word?
It's a software term. It's a function that allows you to append to strings of text into one string. cat("what","ever") = "whatever"
 

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Huh? My new word for the day, and I am not going to look it up. Condense? Concentrate? Under what circumstances did you ever learn that word?
It's a software term. It's a function that allows you to append to strings of text into one string. cat("what","ever") = "whatever"
It's broader than just a software term, basically meaning joining multiple parts together into one, but I agree that's where one most commonly encounters it.
 

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After I type a period I enter one space before I type again. That is how I learned. And I took journalism technology as my college major for what it's worth.
 

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Ahh but can you diagram a sentence. Non-Boomers have a hard time reading cursive.
Disagree. I am younger than Boomer, no problems with cursive, gotta be A Lot younger than a boomer to not read cursive. Maybe it's regional, but it has been only very recently that schools around here considered dropping cursive, so you'd need to be quite under 20 to have zero training in it. here.

I am also one of those weirdos that enjoyed sentence diagramming. I would have to consult Google if you asked me what a gerund is, tho, as I never knew, and apparently did not need it in life.

I am a two spacer, especially after colons. I also do not go along with Spell Check as it often disagrees with my very fine grade school teachers. simple rule was double the consonant before you add -ing or -ed, etc. so I do not think that canceling is correct, it's cancelling. I am not going traveling, I am going travelling.

Lots of rules I remember and not giving them up. Ok-fine being considered old and will accept when that term changes to ancient. just need a few years to get used to that...
 

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It's broader than just a software term, basically meaning joining multiple parts together into one, but I agree that's where one most commonly encounters it.
parsing is going the other direction, taking things apart. This term is heard more frequently, as one might need to parse through a large amount of information.

I don't think I ever heard concatenate outside of work. I think normal non-IT people just join things together.
 

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Disagree. I am younger than Boomer, no problems with cursive, gotta be A Lot younger than a boomer to not read cursive. Maybe it's regional, but it has been only very recently that schools around here considered dropping cursive, so you'd need to be quite under 20 to have zero training in it. here.

I am also one of those weirdos that enjoyed sentence diagramming. I would have to consult Google if you asked me what a gerund is, tho, as I never knew, and apparently did not need it in life.

I am a two spacer, especially after colons. I also do not go along with Spell Check as it often disagrees with my very fine grade school teachers. simple rule was double the consonant before you add -ing or -ed, etc. so I do not think that canceling is correct, it's cancelling. I am not going traveling, I am going travelling.

Lots of rules I remember and not giving them up. Ok-fine being considered old and will accept when that term changes to ancient. just need a few years to get used to that...
I had to Google it. Here's what Google says:

Canceled or cancelled is the past tense of the verb to cancel. Both spellings are correct; Americans favor canceled (one L), while cancelled (two Ls) is preferred in British English and other dialects. However, there is only one correct spelling of the word cancellation, no matter where you are.
 

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Two spaces. I learned the new norm was one space the same week I found out they no longer teach cursive in school. Blew my mind!
 

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Disagree. I am younger than Boomer, no problems with cursive, gotta be A Lot younger than a boomer to not read cursive. Maybe it's regional, but it has been only very recently that schools around here considered dropping cursive, so you'd need to be quite under 20 to have zero training in it. here.

I am also one of those weirdos that enjoyed sentence diagramming. I would have to consult Google if you asked me what a gerund is, tho, as I never knew, and apparently did not need it in life.

I am a two spacer, especially after colons. I also do not go along with Spell Check as it often disagrees with my very fine grade school teachers. simple rule was double the consonant before you add -ing or -ed, etc. so I do not think that canceling is correct, it's cancelling. I am not going traveling, I am going travelling.

Lots of rules I remember and not giving them up. Ok-fine being considered old and will accept when that term changes to ancient. just need a few years to get used to that...
Double consonants is something I've had a very hard time trying to avoid. My writing mostly goes to a US organization that has single consonants in the style guide, and that is not how I learned it here in Canada. My grandmother (an Anglophile of the highest degree) would be horrified.

I'm in my early thirties and can easily read/write cursive, but doubt my children will learn that skill, which I think is very close to being deprecated.
 

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just as caps at first of sentence, not necessary, but for the ease of reading three spaces gives time for catching breath, as do periods and why do we force the brain to take a breath instead of just continue with the message if no pause necessary, put a comma and continue the thought human brains decipher more than we give credit for another challenge,,, who decided the placement of silverware on the table but for rules
 

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just as caps at first of sentence, not necessary, but for the ease of reading three spaces gives time for catching breath, as do periods and why do we force the brain to take a breath instead of just continue with the message if no pause necessary, put a comma and continue the thought human brains decipher more than we give credit for another challenge,,, who decided the placement of silverware on the table but for rules
Spell checker wouldn't post this as typed
 
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