One or Two Spaces?

Darling Jen Darling Jen
Quote:
Originally posted by Kim!
I hate it when people don't use the Oxford Comma! If it isn't there then the sentence can totally have a new meaning.
I agree! Not that the other way is wrong or anything. It's just my personal preference.

"This toy is available in pink, purple, black and white."

Is that one option or two? I much prefer a comma between all choices so that it stands out what they are. After all, that up there (in my mind) doesn't tell me if black and white are separate choices or if there's a toy that's both black and white.
01/06/2011
Destri Destri
I was always taught 2 spaces. It was a total shock to me recently when a site I designed got a comment from a proof reader who informed me that 1 space is correct. I ignored him lol
01/06/2011
Happy Camper Happy Camper
It was always mandated in school that we use two. I never even thought twice about it. Recently though I just read an article on Slate that went on this huge rant about people who use two spaces because that is not the professional standard and it's this old stupid thing left over from the typewriter age. He was really in a huff about it!

I tried to change to one space but it's such an old habit! I type about 90 words a minute and I just can't seem to consistently switch to one space because I never think about it.
02/26/2011
Eliza Eliza
I can't believe so many people say just one. I've always used two.
02/26/2011
csweatc csweatc
The rule of law is TWO SPACES AFTER A PERIOD.....PERIOD. Seriously, this is one of the most basic of grammatical rules, and as such it's also quite easy to be aware of and follow. One space after a period is sloppy and irritating to see.
02/26/2011
Happy Camper Happy Camper
Quote:
Originally posted by csweatc
The rule of law is TWO SPACES AFTER A PERIOD.....PERIOD. Seriously, this is one of the most basic of grammatical rules, and as such it's also quite easy to be aware of and follow. One space after a period is sloppy and irritating to see.
This is what we were all told in elementary. But in the age of computers, it does not apply. It's outdated. Granted, just about every teacher out there still drills that into us.
02/27/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Quote:
Originally posted by Happy Camper
This is what we were all told in elementary. But in the age of computers, it does not apply. It's outdated. Granted, just about every teacher out there still drills that into us.
Agreed that it's outdated and not at all necessary. None of my teachers have ever taught it that way to me though.
02/27/2011
Xavier7 Xavier7
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
I was always taught that it was one space after the end of a sentence, not two, but have encountered numerous people that put two spaces. How many spaces do you typically put after a period/after the end of a sentence?
Just one for me.
02/28/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
In college I was taught to use 2 spaces.
02/28/2011
zeebot zeebot
I've always put 2, but I'm not sure where I learned that...
03/26/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I was always taught two when I was younger, but I gradually slipped to one over the years.
03/26/2011
indiglo indiglo
Yep, I was also taught two spaces, and I still do it. Hard habit to break!
03/26/2011
oopsy oopsy
I have never even noticed people putting two. Is that supposed to be more of a clear break? Seems excessive.
03/29/2011
ninaspinkturtle ninaspinkturtle
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
I was always taught that it was one space after the end of a sentence, not two, but have encountered numerous people that put two spaces. How many spaces do you typically put after a period/after the end of a sentence?
um one for me
03/29/2011
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
Quote:
Originally posted by Anne Ardeur
Two, though I will reduce to one if there's a character limit concern or I need to write in a specific style that requires one space. Personally, I prefer two, it just looks better IMO.
I agree with this, and it is what I was taught in school as well.
03/29/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Even if I use 2 spaces in my reviews on Eden, it automatically changes itself to 1 space.
03/29/2011
Brandi Rouxxx Brandi Rouxxx
I was taught to always put two spaces between sentences.
03/29/2011
sexy19364 sexy19364
I was only allowed to do one in school as well. :/
03/29/2011
xKrystalx xKrystalx
I was always taught to put two spaces.
04/13/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
If I'm typing on a computer, I use one. If I'm using a typewriter, I'll use two. I don't ever see myself using a typewriter...but you never know.

The comma thing bugs me too. I've had to let it go over the last couple years though.
04/15/2011
Pixel Pixel
I was taught to use two, but if I am texting, I'll only use one space to save on characters.
04/15/2011
Fullbeauty Fullbeauty
I was always taught 2 spaces from the time I started writing papers. I never even knew that there were people who only used one...
04/15/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Quote:
Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Two spaces is a hold over from those of us who were, at one time, using typewriters. Current computer software, which most of us use to type these days, automatically increases the visual space after periods for us.

This means there is ... More
Yup! I actually found this out because I had a professor that used two (or what sometimes looked like three, actually) spaces and it made me wonder, so I asked. Two spaces with a word processor is unnecessary!
04/15/2011
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I only use one space. Never even HEARD of using two until a few months ago. It seems so weird. This poll would be interesting with an age element, too.
04/15/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Quote:
Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Actually, both examples here are correct. It's a matter of knowing which style is appropriate for the situation. You find the example with 2 commas, instead of 3, used most often in magazine-type publications vs. the more formal academic writing ... More
The ol' Oxford comma debate! The intended function of the Oxford comma is not just to suit stylistic conventions, but actually to reduce ambiguity. However, it often only serves to increase it. I did a quick Google search of examples of each; anyone interested can peak below and see how the usefulness of the Oxford comma is situational.

To my parents, Walt Whitman and God.

Here you would definitely want to use a serial comma, otherwise you seem to be saying Walt Whitman and God are your parents. At the very least you could rearrange the series so that "my parents" terminates the sequence, although you may be sacrificing giving prominence to yr folks. But the comma can also introduce ambiguity as seen below.

To my father, Walt Whitman, and God.

Here it looks as if Walt Whitman may be an apposition that modifies the first noun. If you take away the Oxford comma then there is no doubt, because an apposition is always sandwiched between two commas.

So yeah. I'm not terribly strict about all the little rules and I'm also pretty shit at remembering to follow them. It's one of those things where I think conversational habit takes over and translates into corresponding grammatical practices. Still, my education has drilled the rules into me so I know them should I ever decide to call upon 'em.
04/15/2011
sarki sarki
The one space. Two looks strange
06/07/2011
tim1724 tim1724
Quote:
Originally posted by wetone123
Even if I use 2 spaces in my reviews on Eden, it automatically changes itself to 1 space.
That should happen on pretty much any website. HTML doesn't care how many spaces you use, it always collapses any amount of whitespace down to one space. (well, except inside ‹pre› tags, or where CSS properties have been set to change the behavior, but that's rare)

So it doesn't matter how many spaces you use on most websites, including EdenFantasys.

Most typesetting software (e.g., LaTeX) ignores extra spaces, too.

Word processors, however, tend to do what you tell them to do. Most modern style guides suggest using only one space, unless using a monospaced font (e.g., Courier) in which case some suggest two (in order to emulate the common style used with typewriters).
06/07/2011
big b big b
one
06/08/2011
oaxa-koate oaxa-koate
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
I was always taught that it was one space after the end of a sentence, not two, but have encountered numerous people that put two spaces. How many spaces do you typically put after a period/after the end of a sentence?
Just the one! hahahah just to see how it feels!
06/08/2011
Miss Voluptuous Miss Voluptuous
Two is more old school, no?
06/08/2011
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