Monday, April 18, 2005

Would you like two spaces or one?

My sister sent me an e-mail yesterday stating that #1) she couldn't leave any comments - apparently an error was returned every time she tried (although it looks as if that's been resolved) and #2) that I'm breaking one of the most fundamental rules of punctuation, which is that I'm only putting one space after every period marking the end of a sentence. There are TWO spaces after each period mi hermano, and one after every comma.

Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright.... I know - and I don't know what to do about it. I swear it isn't my fault. When I type up these posts, believe you me, there are two spaces after every period. I was taught in the same school system she was, and had the same nitpicky old ha... em, teachers that she did. I would never think to violate such a cardinal rule on purpose. However, as I'm slowly finding out, what I type isn't necessarily what appears on the page. As soon as I publish the post, it readjusts everything and changes it so that there is only one space between the period and the start of the next sentence. After searching through both the help files and the system settings I found no way to adjust this... so one space it is, unless I start playing around with fonts and have this blog display in blah Courier type. No thanks.

However, in the course of my research I ran across a blog posting from Lloyd Borrett who explains that this whole two spaces thing is utter rot. My first instinct upon reading was to call 'fib' on the whole post. Clearly he just made it up as a reason to explain why his own blog has the same problem. But I don't know... the man seems to know what he's talking about. He may be right, and I may be off the hook. Then again, as I was trying to figure out exactly who Mr Borrett is, and just why exactly he's an expert on the subject of typeface, I found out he's an Aussie who liked to play tennis in the early 80's... So... the jury is still out on Mr. Borrett, but I found that if you pretend the post is being read to you in an irritated Australian accent, it makes it much more funny (clearly I'm easily amused.)


Oh - and for those people hoping for the review of the new Garbage CD, last nights performance at the Avalon, and the accompanying MP3's check back tomorrow. We'll hook you up then.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

read everything today. i had a monstrous work wekend and visited toni in new mexico on the set of class action last week. a realio trulio warner bros. production which is, impressive. anyhow. slept till after noon and doing laundry. great start!! i am
the "she" for the little bit dark comment i take it.
funny picture, happy marathin day, marty running? and well how the hell was garbage?
i bet you were exuberent? why'd i say that. look on imdb about a movie called rise, i think that is what i am doing next with toni.
l.o.l. keep up the good blogging, i'll be checking.
your tipping ideas are correct, howener, minus dunkin' d's other coffee type establishments could use your change.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The critical error on punctuation may be the fault of the web design, but refering to our sister as "hermano" rather than "hermana" was your fault.

Study up on your Spanish.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Borrett certainly has a good point. But I must say it still irritates me to see only one space after a period. It confuses me and seems rushed.

He had several comments to that blog - one of them may explain your current spacing problem (I don't think it is faulty code):

"X/HTML always compresses multiple spaces down to one. If it weren't for Blogger, tabs and enter keys would also become spaces, and the only thing that would add multiple spaces would be things like  . So there. HTML supports your [single period] theory, numerous manuals of style do, and now I do."

And...come to think of it have you ever seen a blog with a double space at the end of a sentence????

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eleanor...get a life.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Wow - couple things to address. I think the first thing I need to do is let Sara know that comments are different than personal e-mails, although I'm sure we're all happy for her. Secondly, the 'mi hermano' sentence was supposed to be in reference to what Eleanor was saying to me - not the other way around. Clearly another breach of punctuation ettiquite by not putting quotes around it. My bad... And yes, I saw the comments and am assuming that one you referenced was applicable even if I didn't really get the jist of it. And I'm pretty sure I've seen a blog with two spaces - many people who don't use blogger have he 'two space' thing going.

9:52 PM  

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