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It's their space. They can do as the please. Go get your own

Posted By: Uhmmm on 2005-09-27
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and make your own rules.

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    MedQuist? Ctrl+shift+F, period, space, tab, period, space, space, change all. nm
    I meant "One space or two", not "l space or two" nm
    One Space
    MQ employee here and we were told one space!
    Go get your own space
    She wouldn't have this space if it weren't for the MT's who keep it alive.  What a silly answer to some genuine concerns. 
    space changes
    Did anyone else get the memo about the change in spacing for MQ?  On DQS, there will be only one space after periods.  They will let each account know when the switch is made.  Its a *new national standard*, the memo says.  OMG, so here I have typed since high school with two spaces, now I have to retrain myself to use only one space after periods.  Just another thing to cut down on my production.
    Yes, its 1 space in the BOS and most new

    English/grammar/business references. Since the age of computers, the powers-that-be, whoever they are, decided that the double space after a period was not a good thing anymore. So, most business courses, college courses, etc., have changed to 1 space now. You just set up a macro to change 2 spaces after a period to 1 space when you are done with the report. And yes it does depend on client preferences, though most that I work for like 1 space. Guess they feel they're getting more bang for their buck!

    x2, no space
    My space
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    They already took one space away when most...sm
    of us went from two spaces after periods and colons to one. This is just the natural progression of them cutting our pay back little by little.
    The BOS says x3 with no space
    but regardless, I would type what the supervisor wants. It doesn't matter how you have always done it.

    I have found out many times that things that I have done for years are technically incorrect. Just part of the game, unfortunately.
    You can just hit your space bar, put a . or at least
    one character in the box.  I just hit the space bar usually. 
    At MQ we are to space once after a period.
    That just changed in the last 6 months.
    anything to keep from paying for a space
    That is ridiculous and has to do with money rather than the "correct way" to do things.
    double space

    Geez, I thought I asked a simple question, but I guess not.  I could care less what Medquist or AAMT say.  I get paid hourly so I didn't ask the question because I was worried about money.  I was asking in general style terms - are newspapers, magazines, i.e., anything in print spacing this way now?  I just wanted to know if I was behind the times.    

    I can't put 15yo because if I don't space
    after it it won't expand. I'll try the other's though! Thanks, it's really driving me crazy not getting this to work!
    Anyone use only 1 space after sentences?
    This is new to me on one of my jobs.  I have always typed 2 spaces after sentences for 25 years.  Going to be hard to break this habit now.
    1 space after sentence

    I made the switch to 1 space after a sentence more than 15 years ago when I got my first computer and everything was justified. If you can't remember to do, you can make an adjustment in Word to do it automatically for you or just make a macro to do it for you. I have one account who insists on 2 spaces and I cannot remember to do that so I just transcribe as I normally do and then run a macro to change it. You can also do a search and replace. Put in  period space space and then replace with period space.



    1 space isn't just an MT thing ....

    I changed to one space years ago, to go with the flow.  I'm not an MT yet (still a student) but we've done this on legal documents for years.  It came about with the computer.  For once (from my VERY limited MT experience), I have to say AAMT isn't the culprit, its the new way to do things.

    1 space after sentence.
    Yes I have to do that also. It took me a long time to get used to it, however, but after awhile, it felt very natural.
    My work space...

    We fixed up half of our basement about 10 years ago and no one really used it after awhile.  I just painted (lime smoothie with swimming pool trim - very bright).  I have a small TV and DVD player and VCR for when I'm NOT working. Just bought a bookcase for the references I don't use on a daily basis - the ones that I do are on the filing cabinet beside my desk.  Also have several movie posters - Dirty Dancing and Ever After - framed and also some Beatles and some of my kids artwork from when they were little. It's very cozy and all MINE.


    One space or two after a period.

    Which is the correct way, one space or two spaces after a period in medical transcription?

    Thanks for any help in advance.

    19" with 17" viewing space....nm

    can't seem to reply to one space or two ...

    I recently made the switch from two spaces to one space after punctuation (periods, colons, question marks). It wasn't forced on me by any means but I just felt the desire to come around in the "computer age." The standard of two spaces after periods came about with the typewriter, but now with the computer, spacing seems to look nicer with one after a period, and that seems to be the trend these days, the one space. I'm glad I made the switch as it is sure saving my thumb from tendinitis!

    That being said, I get paid by the gross line, so cutting out a space here and there doesn't hurt my livelihood.

    My space protection.
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    space heater
    Thanks for the helpful hint.  About how much did you have to pay, and where did you buy it?  (If you don't mind telling me.)
    Regarding space heaters
    I have a very old electric heater that is temperature controlled.  What is great about it is if it happens to get knocked over, it automatically shuts off. Please stay away from any type of heater that requires the use of oil, as the fumes can be very harmful in an office. Garage is one thing where the square footage is more, but I would never use one in my home......also, due to the film it puts on your walls, carpet, curtains, and everything else in that particular room.
    space heater
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    best office space
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    One Space Requipred

    My employer specifies only one space. That was really hard getting used to.

    not OP, but thank you -- I did not know about ; to back up a space. /sm
    when I learned shorthand, we did a convoluted thing with the CTRL-K key to enter a backspace before entering "-year-old."

    WOW. I learned something new today. Thanks
    1 pt for missing space.
    Don't EVER leave out a space after a colon.  Did you know that was worth a point?  Sheesh.  I got a 96% on a 33 line report by missing a space after a colon. 
    actually it is q.4 h. (that will give you 1 more space)
    I double space

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    Work space just so.
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    I ALWAYS space twice after a period and I ALWAYS will!
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    It is all per the client. Some want 1 space
    I always double space...sm
    I saw that rule in the new BOS as well.  I tried it, but the document looked too cluttered and hard to read.  I also put two spaces after a colon, regardless of what the BOS says.  It had always been proper to it that way, and it is what I was taught in typing class, clerical practice class, and when I started in MT over 17 years ago.  The BOS seems to try to make up its own grammar and punctuation rules regardless of what has been done nearly forever.
    You earn less with one space.

    My perfect space
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    Per BOS, correct way is q.4 h. (with space).
    HOwever, if QA is telling you 2 different ways, need to ask your supervisor which way they want it.
    But - a space IS a keystroke, unless you only get

    I work for MQ and was told 1 space...NM
    My office is the space between my fridge
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    I support the Admin...I don't need another space.
    The unhappy MQ MTs are not the ONLY MTs on this board.

    You can leave if you want to. The board will continue because there are plenty still left.

    Same theory with the MQ job position as with posting on here -- if you're not happy with it, go find another job or another board....or work for yourself/create your own board.

    Silly to expect others to accommodate you in your job and on the board. Check with Yahoo and MSN or even your local ISP -- they can provide you with a website and you can run it as you wish.

    Glad you have your own space for your sake SM
    Lots to discuss and now you can do it without us peering over your shoulder and commenting right and left. :) Good luck to all of you!
    Master Bedroom--one day will have my own space though - sm
    probably in 5 or so years....going to move and build on some property we have 12 miles from where we are now....so it with either be an extra bedroom or "the study" downstairs. My husband will be happier as he has trouble falling to sleep when I am working (noisy/hard keyboard).
    not good to space out (dream) while....nm

    You don't need the space between the number and the ;yo in either Shorthand or
    Like poster below said a space is a character and
    the only time you really need to be concerned is when they say they pay for 'printed' characters - which is not spaces...
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    Am I totally wrong on this one. My theory is, we don't do 3x3 cm - We do 3 cm x 3 cm. So I figure we should put spaces? Get it? Opinions?