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Re: two spaces after a period. Just who are these unnamed "typographers"? To quote your article, "What galls me about two-spacers isn't just their numbers. It's their certainty that they're right. Over Thanksgiving dinner last year, I asked people what they considered to be the "correct" number of spaces between sentences. The diners included doctors, computer programmers, and other highly accomplished professionals. Everyone—everyone!—said it was proper to use two spaces." That's because we were all taught to do this by our English teachers as the proper way to WRITE - not the proper way to compose reading material for printing. Did you ever consider that it's the typographers who are wrong? They are interested in saving space, not in the proper way to write. Ask any retired English teacher - not current ones - they wouldn't know the rules that the rest of us learned when education was education. BTW - your comment box removed the double spaces that I properly used.
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