atw: Re: Extra spacing after full stop

You have just made it very clear why this is not a rule that should be
enforced.  If it has taken 6 months of effort – which also means *STRESS*
and lost productivity,  and you still haven’t broken the habit.  It is just
not worth the cost to the organisation of trying to implement a rule that
achieves very little in the scheme of things.

 

I am looking out of my picture window over Anderson Bay to the stretches of
deserted beach on the far shore.  The water is a different colour every day
but today it is the purest azure blue.  If I listen, I can hear the children
playing at the Old Pier Beach, which lies between me and the water.  Some
days the whales come in and drift around for a while, and every day the sea
eagles glide in and out of sight.  Now that’s not trivial in the scheme of
things.

 

For anyone who thinks double or single spacing matters, run a search for
Bridport on Google Earth, then Anderson Bay.  I always find Google Earth
provides a good sanity check when trivia dominates.

 

ck

 

From: austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Deborah Cross
Sent: Monday, 21 January 2008 8:57 AM
To: austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: atw: Re: Extra spacing after full stop

 

Is the documentation produced by the company mainly in print or online?
Extra spaces are automatically removed from web pages (unless you force it
with a non-breaking space) which is great for this type of situation. The
double spacers can keep doing it and the single spacers are happy.

 

I must confess I am a double spacer, although trying very hard not to be. It
drives my boss nuts, but it is just how I learned to type. I have just gone
back through this email and removed all the double spaces and have also set
Word to do it for me. I still prefer the look of a double space but figure
there isn't any point as most of my output is online. It is a very hard
habit to break. I've been trying for 6 months now!

 

Deborah

 

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From: austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of O'Connor, Deirdre
[Beacon Technology]
Sent: Friday, 18 January 2008 4:01 PM
To: austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: atw: Extra spacing after full stop

Can anyone provide a yes/no answer to the question of whether extra spacing
between sentences should/shouldn't be used in Manual/Guideline/Standard type
documentation? I find many professionals use two spaces after each full stop
and as a Technical Writer this bothers me. After researching it (Chicago
Manual of Style and various Google pages) I have found that it is not
correct practice.

Chicago Manual of Style: 
"2.12 Line spacing and word spacing 
For the hard copy, the entire text and, if possible, all extracts, notes,
bibliography, index, and other material should be vertically double-spaced.
A single character space, not two spaces, should be left after periods at
the ends of sentences (both in manuscript and in final, published form) and
after colons."

I am writing up a Formatting Guide for my company and I would like to state
that extra spacing should not be used as common practice but I would just
like any other opinions/facts on this please.

Thanks. 

 

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