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One or two spaces after a period?

posted Mar 9, 2012, 8:27 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 9, 2012, 8:49 AM ]
Not many students use two spaces after a period, but some do and they ask me about it (which is right, why, and does it matter). To lay it to rest once and for all - The answer is one space after a period. 

I always knew that this two-space habit originated in the dark ages of the type-writer (okay even before that but the 13 year olds can't even fathom that far back can you?) because there was no difference in spacing between characters (i.e. letters, symbols, spaces etc.) so two spaces were needed to give the reader a visual indication (in addition to the period) that the sentence had ended.

I recently came across an article (called "Down with the Double Tap" clever huh?) that goes into even further detail, so if you are interested, or just not convinced, here is some more information on this topic - enjoy.