If you’re of a certain age and academic, this will be familiar to you…
If you’re not of that age or didn’t take Typewriting in High School, you probably don’t recognize that this was the warm up drill before class. It was designed to limber up the fingers and reintroduce them to the Home Row.
Those that know this may have been involved in an ongoing social media argument about a key element of those early classes on typewriters.
It was the double-space after a period. Without it, you were wrong and in a timed writing, would have to circle it and make a deduction to your speed. With all the dumb things that you could do wrong when typing, this would be the dumbest. It was so quick to do.
If you took those classes, take a look at your how row and your space bar. They’re probably the shiniest of the keys on your computer because you were taught to anchor your fingers there. And, the space bar, when tapped at the end of the sentence would take a beating!
I’m one of those people and probably always will be.
People who didn’t take Typewriting (or later on, Keyboarding) probably never experienced the fear of making a mistake and having to subtract points for each mistake. Is there any other subject is school that is so brutal?
These days, formal keyboarding is only taught in a rare instance by those who know the value of getting it right – in terms of speed and accuracy. For others, they’re comfortable with whatever speed they’re able to generate with their own skill development.
Today’s keyboarders don’t know the joy of watching the keys come up to strike a ribbon to leave an impression on a piece of paper. They don’t know the effort to have the travel of the key go from finger tip to paper. Now, it’s a short travel as digital keys to make a connection or just tapping on a piece of glass and the magic happen.
When you get both camps together to discuss the formal double space after a period, it can be brutal (or just fun). Those that never studied formally have never been exposed to the concept. Some recognize that the world has changed and have moved to a single space. Others like me continue to double space. It’s actually a skill that translates nicely to a phone or tablet when a double space puts in a period, a space, and automatically capitalizes the next letter since it probably will start a new sentence.
When I publish this post, WordPress will post it without the double spaces so it might appear that I’ve changed. I haven’t; you’ve got to love software.