I thought I would try to break up paragraphs with multiple speakers into, what I understand to be, more traditional paragraphs. I did this simply by searching for instances of close quotes followed by a space followed by open quotes.
Here are the results. I would love to hear people’s opinions about them.
Personally I’ve never liked the merged paragraphs but understood the need, especially in print editions. And I know if one is reading with 100% concentration, then it’s not an issue. However once I looked at the final product about, I felt an instant sense of ease at how clear it was to read.
As a related issue, I’ve always wanted to ask if there were plans on including the traditional open quotes on paragraphs that continue with the same speaker from the previous paragraph. I had assumed their lack was due to the segmentation.