In the beginning, there wasn’t even space. “Writing in ancient Greece was broken by neither marks nor spaces,” writes Keith Houston on his blog, Shady Characters. “Lines of closely-packed letters ran left to right across the page and back again,” like book-length hashtags. This was called the scriptio continua. “Punctuation itself—literally, the act of adding ‘points’ to a text—did not arrive until the third century BC.”
In this Feb-March 2018 issue of the Copyediting Newsletter (subscription required), I explore the many sizes and uses of the humble space character (and how to create them).
Also in this issue:
- In Depth: The Good and Bad of Mnemonic Devices
- Show-and-Tell Editing: Sharing Bad News
- Grammar on the Edge: Conjunction as well as Preposition?
- Resources: Stock Images and Where to Find Them [includes many POC and female resources as well as free sources]
- In Style: Project Style Sheets
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