Why Doesn’t APA Follow Its Own Rules/Recommendations?

Here’s another puzzle. As in previous editions, the Manual contains examples of  manuscript pages (see pp. 41-59) so the reader can get a better sense of how some of the stylistic mechanisms play out. I’ve always thought this was one of the best pedagogical devices in the Manual. And I still do. However, why are the sentences in these example pages only separated by one space?

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  1. Beth Potts

    And that’s not the only error. Aside from the blatant two space separation between two words in the sample abstract (p. 41), there is an inconsistency in the indention of the first line after a new heading. If I were grading this paper, it would not receive all APA points (and I haven’t finished reading all the changes in convention yet; I think my new least favorite is using boldface for headings–just when I have my students trained not to bold ANYTHING).

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