Two Spaces After a Sentence. It’s Really OK, People…

The topic of spacing after a period (or “full stop” in some parts of the world) has received a lot of attention in recent years. The vitriol that the single-space camp has toward the double-spacers these days is quite amazing, and typographers have made up an entire fake history to justify their position. [...]

Unfortunately, this whole story is a fairy tale, made up by typographers to make themselves feel like they are correct in some absolute way. The account is riddled with historical fabrication. Here are some facts…

Such a good read ripping apart the modern notion that using two spaces at the end of a sentence is wrong. And he backs it up with a ridiculous amount of proof and history


 
 
 

2 Responses to “Two Spaces After a Sentence. It’s Really OK, People…”

  1. Randy
    17. September 2013 at 11:56

    Who are these idiots who think it’s wrong to leave two spaces following a period? I will allow someone a little leeway if they choose to believe a single space is not exactly wrong, as long as they admit that two spaces is what’s actually correct. But anyone who truly believes two spaces is absolutely incorrect and that a single spaces is the way it was meant to be for the history of the printed word, well, they make me fear for the literacy levels of the “new” generation.

  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    19. September 2013 at 21:31

    I hear it all the time on-line. The funny thing is, HTML works in such a way that it doesn’t matter. Two spaces in a row always get condensed down to just one, anyway. So we’re all arguing over something that the browser has already decided for us, anyway.

    I’ll still fight for the Oxford Comma, though!