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One Space or Two?

Postby Kraftster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:47 pm

I have been encountering more and more instances of one space after periods, between sentences. I was always taught two (2) spaces -- like I'm doing in this post (and every other post I've ever written on LGP). I think it would take several months to retrain my thumb to type only one space.

I've yet to see any reputable source state that one space is proper. I have always understood that one space is permissible in print journalism where page space is important, but that is the only time I've ever heard of one space being proper.

In particular, I've been seeing a ton of legal work lately that contains only one space after periods. I can't imagine this would ever be preferred by courts, where readability should be the chief concern when establishing typographic rules.

What say you? Am I missing something?

Edit: Upon completing this post I realized that LGP changes my two spaces to one. :scared:
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby meow on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:51 pm

I'll put two spaces after the end of each sentence until I die. No retraining for this cat.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby Troy Loney on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:52 pm

Two spaces.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby ulf on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:52 pm

I've used one since about 4th grade and no teacher, professor or coworker has ever said a word.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby Troy Loney on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:53 pm

Doesn't microsoft word auto correct to two spaces?
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:54 pm

2
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby redwill on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:54 pm

Definitely two spaces. It pains me that online message boards reduce me automatically to one.

It's two, g-dammit.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby JoseCuervo on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:54 pm

unless you are using a typewriter, the correct answer is 1
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby ulf on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:55 pm

I don't think so Troy. Maybe there's a setting to make it do so.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:58 pm

who cares
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby mac5155 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:58 pm

JoseCuervo wrote:unless you are using a typewriter, the correct answer is 1


This IMO. The space after a period on a computer is large enough. Not the space on a typewriter.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby IrishEyes on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:58 pm

Jose is right. Microsoft Word and the like automatically make the break after a period just over a space, so you can see the separation between sentences. It's 1 space.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:59 pm

i only do 1 on here because i am too lazy to do 2
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby MWB on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Have used one since high school, I think. Was using two before that, but was told that one was correct and never switched back.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby columbia on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Two spaces is only for people, who desperately need to ramp up their page count for a paper.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:03 pm

columbia wrote:Two spaces is only for people, who desperately need to ramp up their page count for a paper.


Psh....amateur. Everyone knows making the margins 1/4 inch wider is the way to go.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby redwill on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:03 pm

You are all ignorant fascist revisionist grammar anarchists!

It's two!!
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:03 pm

this website auto corrects to one space
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby Kraftster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:04 pm

Letang Is The Truth wrote:i only do 1 on here because i am too lazy to do 2 use any accepted typographic conventions like capital letters and other forms of punctuation
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby Kraftster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:04 pm

JoseCuervo wrote:unless you are using a typewriter, the correct answer is 1


source?
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby JoseCuervo on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:05 pm

Two spaces is archaic. I let it slide with older folks.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby columbia on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:06 pm

Kraftster wrote:
JoseCuervo wrote:unless you are using a typewriter, the correct answer is 1


source?


Are you questioning the Grammar Girl?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_s ... igital_age
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby count2infinity on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:08 pm

I use two. Always have, always will.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby mikey287 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:12 pm

I always use two, I think two is proper but all of my editors tell me to use one..."this isn't grade school"

I'm so used to doing it my way and won't change it that I type an article my way and then when I'm done, I go to Edit > Find/Replace and Replace [two spaces] with [one space] before submitting it.
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Re: One Space or Two?

Postby Pitts on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:13 pm

Silly rules for silly things.
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