using 1 or 2 spaces after a period

Subject: using 1 or 2 spaces after a period
From: bmaaks -at- TELLABS -dot- COM
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 09:18:16 CDT

I attended a PageMaker seminar where the speaker talked about
typography. He said that there is no need for two spaces because
the type is designed by the font designers to allow *enough*
space after a period.

I would say that, in these days of word processors and the discontinued
use of monospace fonts (i.e., Courier) for most text, that it is best
to use one space after a period for everyone who types text, for the
reason that the fonts are *designed* with a suitable amount of space
after a period.


Betsy Maaks
bmaaks -at- tellabs -dot- com

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Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 10:45:21 -0400
From: Stephanie Gibson <sgibson -at- QWIZ -dot- COM>
Subject: using 1 or 2 spaces after a period

I know it is common practice among writers to use only 1 space after a
period, but what is the rule in general? Our company produces tests for
legal and professional secretaries as part of what we do and I've been
asked to show, in writing, which to use - 1 or 2 spaces after a period -
in a typing test.

I'm searching through all my styleguides, but none of them have anything
about this particular rule. Any help is appreciated!!!!!


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