Okay! I’m “Old School” — actually, “Olde Skool,” and proud of it! The other day, I was in the WordPress.com support forum trying to help someone who was having Quotation Marks trouble, and I offered this bit of well-worn advice:
In my experience on WordPress.com, the quotation marks get turned around if you’re an old-school typist like me where you insert two spaces after a period — or somesuch — instead of one space. Removing the extra space usually rights the wrong-facing quote mark, and I only see the mistake when the post is published, not in either edit view.
Yes, I was self-identifying as “Olde Skool” — but I didn’t expect to have my label confirmed by WordPress.com staff! Ha!
Okay, then, sure — I believe in two spaces after a period is the only proper way to indicate a sentence stop, and I don’t care about kerning or type font faces — you double-space at the end of every sentence, period! I am not alone in this typewritten agenda:
I learned in eighth grade typing class to double space after the period at the end of a sentence before beginning the next sentence. I’ve typed that way for the ensuing 46 years. The double-tap on the space bar is programmed into my muscle memory. Now I am told that the rules have changed, and that a sentence should be followed by a single space. The evidence that I never got the memo can be found in the past 1,078 posts here on my blog. Trying to compose this post with a single space is requiring all of my concentration, and frequent resort to the backspace key.
Next, I suppose, someone will decide that it’s perfectly okay to place the closing quotation mark on the inside of the period, rather than the outside. That will be the final straw.
Don’t worry, Tom, I’m with you on the double-spacing, and there’s no way we will EVER put punctuation OUTSIDE a quotation mark. EVER! OVER OUR DEAD, EDITORIAL, HANDS!
When Adobe released Dreamweaver CS4 a long while ago, the HTML editor REFUSED to allow me to double-tap after a period. The program would add a single space and ignore my double-space. I still always double-space after a period in Dreamweaver and, I suppose, the best way to “fix” us Olde Skoolers, is to just ignore our input in the best interests of progressive human force and function.
WordPress.com, however, LOVES my double-spacing, and allows double spaces to publish — and for that reason, I love WordPress.com right back! Sometimes, my WordPress.com article formatting looks a little funky, and I see that WordPress.com prefers a single space in that specific instance instead of a double — and so I will unwillingly edit the article to get the line break to break right, but that’s a WordPress.com formatting problem, not my problem!
Here are some other ways in which I continue to be Olde Skool — and if you know what’s good for you, you might want to join me:
- I spell “Old School” — as — “Olde Skool.”
- I write email — in Plain Text only.
- I use — em-dashes — a lot!
- I know what “ISDN” means — and how to join two separate lines into one.
- I comment directly on an article — without passive-aggressively Tweeting instead.
- I enjoy Daisy Wheel printers.
- I used a Kaypro 2X for too many years.
- I remember Sunday mail delivery!
What about you? Do you have any Olde Skool habits that others try to tell you are out-of-date and no longer necessary? Do you change your ways to get along — or do you stay with the truth of what you know?