Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 27 20:31:05 UTC 2005

>Setting the margins in this d@^^'3d program is so impossible without
>RTFM that I don't bother. Others may have the same problem.
>Otherwise, indent or get consequenced.

Jon's point anticipates mine, which was that a lot of the motivation
for switching from indenting paragraphs to spacing between them comes
from switching between formats and platforms, in particular between
plain text (as in e-mail) and word processing software.  The
indentation tends to just get lost; the extra spacing doesn't.


>Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIOU.EDU> wrote:
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>Sender: American Dialect Society
>Poster: Beverly Flanigan
>Subject: Re: indenting
>I don't mind nonindented papers as long as there's doublespacing between
>paragraphs; otherwise they drive me crazy (and I get this a lot from
>students). I encourage indenting mainly because of this problem.
>At 11:52 AM 1/27/2005, you wrote:
>>I haven't indented a paragraph in years.
>>For letters, the indented style (indented paragraphs, date, address and
>>signature on the right) has been out of fashion for a long time. Just now
>>I tried without success to find a statement about the two styles as applied
>>to books in The Chicago Manual of Style, but I notice that they use the
>>indented style (first paragraph flush, subsequent paragraphs indented, no
>>space between paragraphs) in their preface. Admittedly, I'm still using
>>the 14th edition.
>>Peter Mc.
>>--On Wednesday, January 26, 2005 8:58 PM -0600 Janis Vizier Nihart
>>  wrote:
>>>  I teach second grade. I have been doing a program called Step Up to
>>>Writing with my students for 2 years. They had better indent or they
>>>rewrite the whole thing. By the way, the program is great. They learn
>>>to write an introductory sentence and a conclusion, with detail
>>>sentences, supporting sentences, and transition words..
>>Peter A. McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, Oregon
>>******************* pmcgraw at ************************
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