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VOL. 76 PART 4 JULY 2018
question mark, a colon or semi-colon and so on. Others hold that three
spaces should be used after a period, two after a comma and so on. Yet others
want us all to use two spaces after a period.
When using longhand one can use whatever spacing the pen chooses.
Those who used to use a typewriter were almost certainly taught to put two
spaces after a period and one after a comma and other lesser pauses. However,
with modern word processing programs, a second space is inefficient,
requiring an extra key stroke for each sentence and is potentially troublesome
because it can cause problems with line breaks. Some computer programs
will not recognize a second space.
Like advocacy and literature, the test is in the person to whom the advocacy
or the writing is aimed. What is the effect on the hearer or the reader?
There is no evidence that an extra space after a period makes a document
any easier to read.
The most popular typeface, or font, these days is Times New Roman.
Indeed, some editors insist upon it. It was commissioned by the Times of
London sometime around 1930 and the newspaper used it for 40 years until
it switched from broadsheet to tabloid form in 1979. Its popularity stems
from the fact that it is easy to read and compact. It accommodates more text
per line. For a newspaper, space is at a premium. In Times New Roman’s
name, Roman is a reference to the regular style of a conventional serif font,
or what is called its “roman”. Roman type has some roots in Italian printing
of the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A serif is one of the fine crossstrokes
at the top and bottom of a letter. And, no, the Advocate does not use
Time New Roman. The Advocate is printed using ITC Veljovic and Futura
for its headings.
Though you may have missed it, June 2018 was Orca Awareness Month. We
certainly weren’t aware.
Paul Singh of Burnaby was appointed to a four-year term as a member of
the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
The Ottawa Sun reports: “German police are investigating a case of severe
pizza stalking in the western town of Dortmund. Police are looking for someone
who’s bombarded a lawyer by sending scores of pizzas to his office.” The
story continues: “Lately, however, the anonymous buyer’s tastes have
changed: there have also been deliveries for sushi, sausage and Greek food.”
Simmi K. Sandhu, a non-practising member, was recently reappointed as a
member and designated vice-chair of the Surface Rights Board for a term
ending July 31, 2022. It sounds like something one might surf on.