Language and English

From: Stan Barr <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 15:23:20 2002

> On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, Stan Barr wrote:
> > It's one of the syntax elements of standard written English, as taught
> > in Britain anyway for many, many years. One space after a comma, two after
> > a period, exclamation or question mark, indent the first character of a
> > paragraph, etc...
> These are all _typesetting_ rules, and not so much grammar rules.

You are, of course, quite right - That's what I *really* meant. ;-)

I was taught all that in school (back in the '50s) as it was expected
that we would all be using typewriters in the brave new future, plus I
used to help edit the school magazine. I still use these conventions
automatically (mostly...I tend not to indent paras on here).

Talking to younger relatives today they gave me blank looks, so I guess
they no longer teach any text layout in school - just when word processors
could actually make such learning useful to them!

Stan Barr
The future was never like this!
Received on Fri Jan 04 2002 - 15:23:20 GMT

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