Monday, February 25, 2008

One Space, One Heart

It's not a matter of opinion. Only one space should follow a period (or semicolon or comma). Chicago Manual of Style says so.

If you took typing in high school, your teacher told you to use two spaces. She was probably wrong then, but definitely would be wrong now. Two spaces were necessary in the olden days of fixed-width fonts, but variable-width fonts provide for the proper spacing (I think it's a space and a half) after punctuation. When you add a second space, you mess with the way words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages are supposed to look. To many people who look at printed material for a living, two spaces after each period creates an unattractive visual. The extra spaces are like missing teeth in an otherwise lovely adult face. Fix the gaps and all is right with the world.

One space...One Love...One Heart

The Day
  • Workout: crunches and push-ups
  • Music: Steely Dan

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