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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
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    How many spaces after a period?

    How many spaces do you put between sentences?

    http://www.slate.com/id/2281146/pagenum/all/

    I'll post my personal preference later.
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    I'm a two-spacer, always have been probably always will be.
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    One space. Two is an accumulation of space that wastes paper and is no longer necessary despite what my seventh grade teacher might say about it.


    Edit: I am actually a recent convert to using 1 space. I use to use 2 spaces, but our staff technical editor nagged me to death explaining that 1 space is now the appropriate number. Something about fonts, saved paper, and blah blah blah. Since I want to be in vogue (and not nagged to death over something as ridiculous as a space after a period), I will comply.
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    Definitely 2 spaces. It's like an automatic motion drilled into me since word processing class.
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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Definitely 2 spaces. It's like an automatic motion drilled into me since word processing class.
    Agree, but I see most of my coworkers are 1 spaces and probably have to assimilate my typing into the final product by removing the spaces. I think I will have to start being a 1 spacer.

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    One. Think of the planet!

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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    No poll?

    I'm a two-spacer, always have been probably always will be.
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    Impatient. Give me a chance.
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    Two! What the heck is wrong with you one spacers! Follow the rules darnit! Darn commies.
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    The MLA answer is 1,
    As a practical matter, however, there is nothing wrong with using two spaces after concluding punctuation marks unless an instructor or editor requests that you do otherwise.
    http://www.mla.org/style_faq3

    The Chicago Manual answer is 1 - http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/...ceorTwo03.html
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    The Chicago Manual answer is 1...[/url]
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    Our editor says "Chicago Manual says blah blah blah" everyday to some poor planner. It makes me very crabby.

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    Two. It's another visual clue to distinguish individual sentences.

    vBulletin automatically replaces two spaces between sentences with one. I don't know how to turn the "feature" off.
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    My mother taught me to type when I was eight. When she has passed on I can consider using only one space after a period.
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    I will always go with 2. I don't care what anyone says. It is how I type. Deal with it.
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    Two. Because we've always done it that way. And I think it looks better and promotes readability. Two.

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    Until that Slate article (and this poll) I had no idea that two-spacing was such a common affliction. Every book I have ever read has one space after a period. Nearly every word processing software shows two spaces as an error. When I'm compiling and editing documents, correcting for two-spacers is probably my biggest pet peeve (aside from the general disregard for the conventions of grammar and punctuation among ostensibly well educated people).
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    One is the only acceptable answer.

    Samantha Jacobs, a reading and journalism teacher at Norwood High School in Norwood, Col., told me that she requires her students to use two spaces after a period instead of one, even though she acknowledges that style manuals no longer favor that approach. Why? Because that's what she's used to. "Primarily, I base the spacing on the way I learned," she wrote me in an e-mail glutted with extra spaces.
    She probably also learned that Germany is two countries, there are four basic food groups, and Pluto is a planet. Does she still teach these things?
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    I've always been taught and always use two spaces. As others have said, it's a greater visual clue that the sentence has ended and makes things easier to read. I thought the only people that use one space were doing it just to be trendy and different.
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    Okay. I will give it a try.

    Arrrrggg!!! I don't like it

    Seriously, should we just all start speaking Chinese now? Every document on my desk I just looked at has 2. Is this for real? Is the world ending? One space? No way. I would fight for your right to have different politics than me, but this is just too much. I'm going to freak out.
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    I checked other. I was taught to use 2 spaces so I still do that if it's for a document that will be printed. 1 space works just fine for thread posting. When I started programming, data storage was expensive and not to be wasted on frivolous spaces.
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    Okay. I will give it a try.

    Arrrrggg!!! I don't like it

    Seriously, should we just all start speaking Chinese now? <snip....>
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    I was taught 2 spaces. My teachers always said that 2 spaces made a document look nicer and less cluttered. I wonder how much paper is actually saved by converting from 2 spaces to 1 space? It has become so ingrained to hit the space bar twice, it would be difficult to break that habit.

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    For our Cyburbian friends from or still in the Commonwealth, we're talking about the proper number of spaces after a full stop so stop snickering.
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    Two. But I don't really care, except I don't think I would be able to change at this point.
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    I typed all my college term papers and my master's thesis on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter in accordance with the rules in the Chicago Manual of Style. It's two spaces.

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