Period Space(s)

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: FYC, History, Professional Writing 

Jesse Schell mentioned the following article on Facebook, and I think it’s something worth passing on.  I grew up told to put two spaces after a period.  Then, I came to think of the space as a rhythm indicator for prose; two spaces equal two resting beats.  I’ve long known one space had become the norm, but do we (including me) do it?  No, I don’t, and my students in English 101 today admitted being taught to use two spaces.  Only one student had been trained to use a single space.  Thus, even when it comes to the “simple” period, the standards depend on circumstances.  In taking a look at the article, we come to understand that typographical font with monospaced type would still require it.  E-documents would not.

Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.

(Note how many spaces I used in my post.)