Typography for Lawyers

… And for everyone else. Typography for Lawyers; an easy read, very accurate, and despite the title, the typography advice is really for everybody.

Well, maybe not for typographers. I get the impression this is all entry level stuff.

For instance,

I understand that many people were taught early in life to double-space their sentences. I was too. But double-spacing is a habit held over from the typewriter age. It has never been part of standard typography. Because typewriter fonts were unusually proportioned, a double space helped set off sentences better. Today, since we don’t use typewriter fonts, double spaces aren’t necessary or desirable.

Let’s see that paragraph again, but with double spaces:

I understand that many people were taught early in life to double-space their sentences.   I was too.   But double-spacing is a habit held over from the typewriter age.   It has never been part of standard typography.   Because typewriter fonts were unusually proportioned, a double space helped set off sentences better.   Today, since we don’t use typewriter fonts, double spaces aren’t necessary or desirable.

Wow. Not only do they teach you, but they then demonstrate, right there in the middle of the lesson.  It can’t be easier.

(Yes, I had to rewrite this post to remove all those double-space-after-periods that I too had been trained to type)

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