nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,
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How many spaces after a period at the end of a sentence?

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 neutral with a mild preference 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 let's have a poll.

Poll #1955426 Two spaces after a period

Do you notice whether there are one or two spaces after a period?

Yes
32(42.1%)
Only if I'm editing
26(34.2%)
No
18(23.7%)

Do you have a preference, and how strong is it?

Strong preference for two spaces
13(17.3%)
Mild preference for two spaces
22(29.3%)
I don't care
6(8.0%)
I don't care! I don't care! I don't care!
3(4.0%)
Mild preference for one space
15(20.0%)
Strong preference for one space
16(21.3%)

Addenda

I just want to see the results
36(90.0%)
I wish to complain about this poll
4(10.0%)
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