Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Give Your Space Bar a Vacation
I was all prepared to let this entry stand as a chuckle toward this Slacker Manager entry about how to use body language to give people a clue that they should leave your office—now. Admittedly, I perform the Fast Walk technique quite a bit, but am thinking about trying my hand, er, mouth at the Lip Smack technique real soon. I may even get brazen and try the Slow Clap, too.
Alas, the coolness of the writer’s wit, for me, was somewhat overshadowed by his forcing double spaces between sentences. C’mon, people, aren’t we over that practice yet? Every modern application politely chastises you in love to not do double spaces, and this old-schooler actually manages to get a tag followed by a regular space between every sentence. I can’t even think of any editor that automatically does that, causing me to believe he’s doing it by hand.
Face it, double spaces between sentences died along with the Selectric™ typewriter. Why else do you think word processors often default to removing double spaces for you. Why else would web browsers not render more than one space in a row unless they’re surrounded with <pre> tags or some sort of stunt such as yours is employed to force them? Modern typefaces are designed to look best with just one space between sentences.
(Heh, no ill will intended. Just a little pet peeve of mine. Seriously—great worker-avoidance ideas!)
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