[FoRK] End of Sentence Marker, was: Re: Fwd: Fwd: [Mailman-Users] 2.0r1: admin pages don't gork passwords

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon May 6 20:26:45 PDT 2013

I realized that I wasn't clear about the central issue: I find reading 
easier and faster when I have twice the inter-word space at the end of a 
sentence.  I read a lot, as quickly as I can.  As you all likely know, 
proficient readers move their eyes few times per sentence, sensing 
multiple words at once.  This is partly controlled by how quickly you 
can understand context, the sentence, and the words themselves.  I feel 
that I make extra eye movements to find and verify periods, which are 
often very tiny, when I don't also have sentence spacing markers.  
Delineating the beginning and end of a sentence is a big part of groking 
(or gorking) it properly.  Those who see no value in the wide marking 
space must be word-by-word readers or somehow similarly insensitive to 
taking big bites of text at 1000 wpm.

Whether the source text has two spaces or not is an encoding issue.  The 
resulting rendered text must have more than single inter-word spacing to 
be read efficiently.  Whether this is 1.5x or 2x or more is up for 
debate, but it must be different.


On 5/6/13 8:08 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> I've seen cases where Word or something complains about two spaces, 
> perhaps on pasted text.  But it renders with two spaces worth of space 
> after the end of each sentence.
> So, when writing in email or simple web publishing where the space 
> won't be magically expanded, you have to write with two spaces to 
> preformat for the wider space.
> I do see that in some technical books I have on hand that there is 
> only an inter-word space after the period.  However, others clearly 
> have double spacing.  I know that most novels use double-spacing at 
> the end of sentences.
> Sure, in source text for typesetting you should let the typesetting / 
> layout system decide on spacing.  But if you are targeting non-typeset 
> systems, then???  Of course a typsetting snob is going to prefer data 
> configured for their system.  Perhaps they can learn how to search and 
> replace?
> Stephen
> On 5/6/13 7:10 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>> I think the MS encoding for that area after a period is   
>> Searching deepweb, +"&#32" returns 46,766,848,493 instances and 
>> +"  " only returns 92,118,465.
>> So at least for MS created Web pages,  1.9% are total idiots using 
>> the Manjoo standard.
>> Greg "my math could be off"
>> On 5/6/2013 6:51 PM, Gary Stock wrote:
>>> I recall thinking that piece relegated Farhad Manjoo permanently to the
>>> category "Complete Idiot."
>>> I found it difficult to believe his capacity for being so stupid, so
>>> constantly.  I kept expecting the next paragraph to begin "Nah... just
>>> joking!"
>>> GS
>>> On 5/6/13 9:21 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>>>> On 5/6/2013 4:11 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>>> > Do you put two spaces between sentences?
>>>> Have you seen this article? I don't (to my knowledge) know any
>>>> typesetters, so I don't know how to judge his claims.
>>>> Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.
>>>> By Farhad Manjoo | Posted Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 6:00 AM
>>>> http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.single.html 

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