Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two Spaces after Periods?

A nice piece , Space Invaders, by a typographer in Slate on why you should use one space after periods rather than two, and a semi-reasonable rebuttal "You Can Have My Double Space When You Pry it From My Cold, Dead Hands" in the Atlantic  (I am particularly sympathetic to the computer science argument).

As a long time typography enthusiast, I've long used 1 space, but realize that most don't. It comes up quite often for me in co-authored papers where I constantly replace the double spaces of my co-authors (fortunately with find and replace, it is quite easy). I actually got into a minor scuffle over this at the White House, it was insisted that we use two spaces in official memos.
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