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In publishing, doubling the space is frowned upon. Not many writers double the space, but when they do we have to edit it out for excerpts or whatever. It's time consuming to hunt for every sentence break and remove the extra space when we're manipulating the text on a small scale. It also becomes an issue when we need to move to copyediting.Where I work we have guidelines for formatting all of our copy, and a no-double-spacing-after-a-period rule is one of them. More importantly - and not as a rule - it can be perceived as a mark of inexperience. Not just for novelists, etc., but think of your CV. People who know better - and there are plenty - notice this kind of thing.
Fight the power...except I am one of these people that don't want this fought. I am conflicted. Final answer, are you my student? If so, do what I say. If not, do what ever you want.
I guess that means your students can't use LaTeX to type up their papers in, since LaTeX automatically converts double spaces to single spaces, unless you prefer single spaces, anyway.
I guess that means your students can't use LaTeX to type up their papers in, since LaTeX automatically converts double spaces to single spaces, unless you prefer single spaces, anyway. My students don't know what that is I'm sure.
Perhaps. However, it's just an example as to why you shouldn't dictate a typographic style unless you know for sure all your students will be using the same exact tools with the same exact fonts installed. It's the same problem with dictating a certain font (say Times New Roman) and a certain font size (say 12 point). Times New Roman is only available by default on Windows, although there are similar fonts on Mac and Linux. Still, if you're going to mark someone down because they don't use Windows, that's not quite right. Similarly for fonts, 12 point in one font isn't necessarily the same size as 12 point in another font for various reasons. The classic example is that 12 point tends to at least appear much larger in Courier New than Times New Roman, probably due to the former's monospacing. The best you can do is try to offer technology/typography generic specifications such as word counts and such and offer guidelines saying "the font should look something like this and should be about the same size as this."
Hey, how many spaces should I have after a :-p
Most students just giggle uncontrollably when you say latex
I agree. The font and size usually have several sizes, but it all depends on the age of the instructor. Some realize this, some do not. I agree with you that style for the sake of style is a bad idea, but in some ways it can not be helped. MLA requires all ELAR instructors to use MLA or else when audited it will be a major issue. Some of the format issues are not by choice but professionally mandated.
Regardless of whether or not this particular typographical standard has an effect on readability is not the point.