Should you use one or two spaces after a period?
It is a longstanding debate in the typing world – should you put one space or two after a period? Though this might be an inconsequential question to many, in the writing and editing professions this is a highly contentious topic. So just how did the controversy come about?
While putting one space after a period seems most natural, the alternative came to be with the proliferation of monospaced typewriter fonts. Monospaced fonts are ones in which each letter takes up the same amount of horizontal space. This means that the letter i and the letter w would take up the same space in a line of text, even though one is much narrower than the other.
Monospaced fonts created a much looser looking line of text that some would even describe as messy. As a result, many typists decided that the extra space after a period was needed to make it easier to visually spot the end of the sentence. Some writers even got into the habit of using three or four spaces after a period for this purpose.
Even though monospaced fonts stopped being used in the 1970s and were never common on computers, the practice of putting two spaces after a period stuck around. As typing teachers throughout the 80s and 90s continued to teach that two spaces after a period was proper form, the trend lasted on for decades.
While today most professionals agree that the extra space is unneeded and even inappropriate, it is still what many people are used to.
Whether you’re on team one space or team two spaces, when using Typing.com, you have the ability to choose which of the two options you would like to use based on your personal preference.
Who ever thought typing could be so controversial?
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