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One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?

Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2008, 11:41:53 AM »
Non parata est will make a great plaintiff's lawyer ... why not call someone to the carpet over the little details? I have no problem with that.

Besides, I expect as much obnoxiousness as possible on this board. Part of its appeal, ain't it? :-)

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Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2008, 11:53:52 AM »
I'll take that as a compliment.

Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2008, 01:56:49 PM »
Meant it to be a compliment. No faint praise here ... :-)

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Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2008, 04:25:17 PM »
If I recall correctly, my appellate brief in ls was one space - something about saving paper. I'm actually defending a real appeal now, so I'll let you know what that court requires. I do know that the appellate court requires 3-4 copies of everything so the saving paper reasoning makes sense.

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Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2008, 10:34:47 PM »
This is a great topic, related in many ways to so many other format decisions, such as what type of font to use, whether to underline or use italic, etc.  I came across this "Guidelines for Briefs and Other Papers" from the homepage of the Seventh Circuit a few months ago and used their suggestions for our moot court brief. 

http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/Rules/type.pdf

The suggestion (not requirement) to use 1 space is located toward the bottom of page 5 of the document. 

Overall, I find it geekily interesting.  They mention that the judges read about 1000 pages of text for each argument session, so it is to one's best advantage to make the document as readable as possible.  Everything from using a book-like font instead of newsprint (times new roman, e.g.), because the latter is designed to read quickly, which hinders comprehension, to not using italics instead of underlining for case names, etc (noting that court reporters use italics and underlining is for typewriters...since computers can italicize, why not take advantage of it). 

Anyway, I like most of the suggestions.  I like the 1 space suggestion, too, but after years of typing with 2 spaces, I just can't do it no matter how hard I try. 

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Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2008, 11:07:31 PM »
NPE is right regarding not giving credit where credit is due.  And two spaces...because one space feels wrong - quite wrong.

Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2008, 02:26:16 PM »
Yeah, your Mom ain't got nothing on Chicago, yo ...

Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2008, 07:03:29 PM »
Just one space.

Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2008, 10:13:07 AM »
Two. Two spaces.

Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« Reply #29 on: July 28, 2008, 04:48:38 PM »
Whatever will earn me the most points on the assignment. Adapting is easy.

Adapting is easy, but pimpin' ain't.