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Subject:RE: Spaces after periods 'n such From:"Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com> To:"salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:21:25 -0700
Chris Morton wrote:
> > my argument is that there are different preferences and views that
> > inevitably lead to controversy, but that the prevailing style guide or
> > rules of the document owner should prevail.
> There is no argument, Lauren. This has nothing to do with style guides.
> the way it is, period. Show me *one* style guide, other than your own, that
> states anything other than that the use of two spaces after punctuation is
> an anachronism, pure and simple.
> There is no debate. It is not a matter of personal preference.
Exactly right. The only reason that "this discussion comes up frequently" is because, no matter how overwhelming the evidence and impeccable the logic on the other side, the proponents of two spaces refuse to acknowledge that they're wrong, repent, and mend their ways.
Instead, they stand obstinately astride history and declare, "You can have the second space after the period when you pry the spacebar from under my cold dead thumb!"
Oh, well. Happy. Friday. Everyone. :-)
Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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