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February 5th, 2014
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Two spaces after a period
One space!

Two spaces!

I was taught to use two spaces after a period (let's take "a period at the end of a sentence" as implied for this discussion) when I learned to type on an electric typewriter, but nobody seemed to care very much or enforce the rule. I used one space because two seemed unnecessary.

I also independently invented the European style of eating meat-- fork in left hand, knife in right, and use the fork to transfer the meat to my mouth. My father didn't like it, but he wasn't a very forceful person, so that's how I keep eating. I find it impossible to empathize with people caring strongly about such things, and I wonder if I'm a little bit on the autism spectrum.

And I was feeling the same way about the spaces after a period issue, especially after reading that very bad-tempered first link. However, I've been reading a facebook discussion where at least a couple of people said having two spaces after a period really does help them read, so I'm posting a poll. It's at livejournal because they don't propagate from dreamwidth and I don't want to create the poll twice.

http://nancylebov.livejournal.com/603223.html

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From:sodyera
Date:February 5th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I was instructed to use only one space after a period in about the 2nd proofreading job. Space is @ a premium in printed text, so I adapted to the standard.
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From:gildedacorn
Date:February 6th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I learned to type the same way and continued to do so when moving from a typewriter to a word processor. Although I agree that it is easier to read and looks better, I don't really care which people use as long as it's consistent.
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From:mauser
Date:February 9th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm slowly changing. It's hard. But OpenOffice turns out to have a setting that will ignore subsequent spaces, although it's possible to get double-spaces when editing out words.

I was taught to type double spaces, but when I started putting stories up on DeviantArt, I was getting odd word-wrapping and my file size was inflating, until I discovered that to preserve my double spaces, DA was turning each space in a pair into a non-breaking space, which meant that every two spaces turned into 12 characters (& nbsp; without the space after the &), and the text would not wrap at the end of a sentence.
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From:natf
Date:February 10th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
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I was taught by my mother-in-law (a typist for many years) to put two spaces after a full stop. I did for a while but do not now because most of my typing is destined for email or online/web and so using more than one space is moot because the second one gets stripped out / ignored by most email/web destinations.

P.S. if I need a longer space for some reason I use the relevant spefically long characters either in HTML or using the extra characters provided by the Mac OS.

Apologies for edits but I just want to say that this is like the Oxford comma and the various dash characters (hyphen, emdash, endash, macron, lowline, non-breaking-hyphen, etc.) - if you are a copy-editor or proof-reader then follow the style-guide of your employer. Otherwise, it really does not matter to me!

Edited at 2014-02-10 01:30 am (UTC)
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