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Old 02-10-2011, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Default Is this a new convention in writing?

I am seeing more and more posts on C-D where people are not putting spaces after commas or periods. Is this something new? It seems to be spreading.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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this kind of thing seems to be on the rise because of the increased usage of phones and tablets to access the internet. typing is inconvenient, so people take shortcuts.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:40 AM
 
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I am seeing more and more posts on C-D where people are not putting spaces after commas or periods. Is this something new? It seems to be spreading.
It bugs me more that people put a space BEFORE the comma and period. What's up with that?
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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These are not 'conventions.' They are public demonstrations of laziness, ignorance, or a frightening combination of both. And I suspect it's only going to get worse...

Not long ago, I saw a poster in the subway here in New York for the City University's School of Criminal Justice. Down on the last line, they wanted you to know that there might be financial help available, so they put in this information (which I type and quote verbatim):

U may B eligible 4 financial $

If this is how college students are being encouraged to communicate, then you don't have to look any further for signs of the imminent collapse of our civilization.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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If this is how college students are being encouraged to communicate, then you don't have to look any further for signs of the imminent collapse of our civilization.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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It bugs me more that people put a space BEFORE the comma and period. What's up with that?
I've seen that too, but when I have seen it, it hasn't been consistant throughout the post. Sometimes I want to comment on the laziness of it all, but if I do, I might become an example of "Muphry's Law."
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Actually, I did see a comment on not using a space after punctuation marks on a resume writing guide citing some new typing convention. It's too late for me; my habits are hard-wired at my age.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Who puts two spaces after sentences? I still do, but that is an outdated convention. Although you know what, C-D parses out the extra space. I just noticed this!
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Who puts two spaces after sentences? I still do, but that is an outdated convention. Although you know what, C-D parses out the extra space. I just noticed this!
Oh yeah. That convention developed when we used typewriters where there was no automatic kerning. I remember still using it with Wordperfect 5.0.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:53 AM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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Who puts two spaces after sentences?I still do, but that is an outdated convention.Although you know what, C-D parses out the extra space.I just noticed this!ABC
Looks like two spaces between sentences to me.
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