Re: To Space or not to Space

Subject: Re: To Space or not to Space
From: Susan W. Gallagher <sgallagher5 -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 20:01:30 -0400

Aaaack! Tom! You've got to be kidding! I searched for
"space after period" (no quotes) and got 652 hits! And
the answer is... <drum roll!>

It depends! ;-)

Some people say that two spaces is an artifact from the days
of typewriters and has no place in the world of proportional
spacing, where the extra space, in theory, is built into the
period character and putting two spaces just causes white
rivers in your text.

Others say pshaw -- two spaces after a period increases
readability and looks much better than just one space and
there is no extra space built in after the period.

So, yours is post number 653 and this is 654 and maybe we
can stop it here! ;-)

But then again, this is techwr-l. What was I thinking!

-Sue Gallagher

> From: "tom -dot- green -at- iwon -dot- com" <tom -dot- green -at- iwon -dot- com>
> I have searched every combination I could in the archives and did not get an answer so I will put this forth to you. I thought the old way of writing that we were taught in school, to always do two spaces after a period, had gone away in favor of one space. Now, I see in the "Style Guide" at my work, it says to "always place two spaces after a period." I am now confused (which is not hard to do). Which is it? Two spaces or one? Does it really matter?
> Also, for some reason, my posts seem to not show up until the next day so I don't expect response today. Any concrete answer would help.


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