Are you a one or two spacer?

Are you a one or two spacer?

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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby sarah » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:11 pm

One. :)
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Esther » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:33 am

two spaces. That is how I was taught, that is also what my kids are taught in keyboarding. And by the looks of that magazine, they use two spaces as well.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:49 am

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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Sue » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:17 am

Two. But I did know that one is now considered 'correct' so if I think about it, I'll do one. But old habits are very difficult to break, I learned two in typing class (manual typewriters initially, none of those fancy IBM Selectrics until you were in an advanced class if memory serves) way back in about 1972!
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby hollymg » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:30 am

As you can see on FB I needed to see this article and hear the debate! I thought it was just me.

Yes I learned 2 back in junior high typing, but that was still the style used in college, when I was on a newspaper, and in all PR work later using the federal government style guides. Now I work with new college graduates and when I edit their stuff it bugs me I have to add the second space, and I wondered what was going on. I am willing to be more modern and go to one if that is the new official style, but I really can't stand that there is little agreement, and the high schoolers I work with have no consistency at all! In the same paper!

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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Esther » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:37 am

Sue, I learned on a manual typewriter back in 9th grade in 1979! Back then, everyone in high school had to take a semester of typewriting. The keyboards too were blank, so you couldn't cheat. My husband's high school, it wasn't required and he never learned how to type properly. Glad at least now it's mandatory in schools, and they start keyboarding early on (1st grade here).

And you've heard too, that cursive writing is becoming obsolete among the younger generation? My oldest son really had to think not too long ago how to sign his name in cursive. He couldn't remember how to write the letter F. It's been that long (since 2nd or 3rd grade) and it's no longer mandatory to use in school. Most kids type their assignments or print them.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby AmyinPA » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:02 am

always two for me
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby cathie » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:06 am

LOL, I type with two (how I learned, I'm a fogey!) but then I'll do search and replace through the document to get it to one. When we submit things for publishing they always want one.

Esther, I'm surprised they still teach two in keyboarding. I thought it was just old fashioned, no idea there was "controversy"!
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby WorkingMomx3 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:20 am

2. Old habits are hard to break. Learned this way in 1978? on a manual typewriter. Even though all my kids have had keyboarding class, they are still amazed at how fast I can touch type without looking at the keyboard at all. I don't think they work on speed/accuracy with the kids anymore.

Funny thing I found buried away in my desk - an eraser template. Anyone remember those from typing class?
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Sue » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:39 am

Esther wrote:Sue, I learned on a manual typewriter back in 9th grade in 1979!


I can still hear my typing teacher droning on ... "F F F space J J J space F space J space F J F"
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby mobetsy » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:54 am

When I took typing in summer school before 7th grade--1973--I learned two spaces. Probably 20 years ago, about the time I began using a computer frequently, I learned what the deal was with two spaces and typewriters vs. one space on a computer, and I re-trained myself; it was a painful process, but I learned. Ever since then, when I edit articles and letters written by other people I take out their extra spaces too. I assume my kids have simply been taught one space, but I'll have to ask them.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Sandy » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:10 am

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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby SherrieM. » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:32 pm

One. It should only be one.

The two-space convention was for typewriters (read the article, it explains well what happened).

I fight this battle almost daily. And I have nicely corrected my kids teachers, who are still teaching it wrong. I supply cites from stylebooks to prove I'm not making it up.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby RhondaS » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:07 pm

Two and I probably will never change.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Sally » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:16 pm

I've been a two spacer since learning how to type in the early eighties.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Tara » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:40 pm

Definitely 2 spaces. I hate one space! LOL
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:06 pm

I will never change either. Color me "wrong".

And thanks Sue - now I've got that in my head.
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby mobetsy » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:11 pm

So here's a question: why does such a goofy little thing inspire such passionate convictions? Really, one space or two won't make the world turn backwards! One spacers, why do you really care if folks use two? And two spacers, why are you adamant about not changing to go along with a newer style? The responses here have made me curious about this :D

I'm (now) a one spacer myself, but I can say with certainty that I have never ever noticed on the board or in e-mails whether someone else is using one or two. I only pick it up when my job is to proof something, and then I usually only care if I'm trying to save space. I'm betting that's the same for most of us...and yet most of us also have a strong attachment to our preference. Why?
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Re: Are you a one or two spacer?

Postby Lizzie » Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:53 am

Esther wrote:two spaces. That is how I was taught, that is also what my kids are taught in keyboarding. And by the looks of that magazine, they use two spaces as well.


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