One or Two Spaces after a Period; was: Dumb post to the Stargardts Facebook group

Gregory Nowak greg at
Tue Apr 9 20:36:53 EDT 2013

Interesting, thanks Jim. I learned to type in elementary school in the
early to mid 90's. I do remember
 being taught to start a new paragraph with five
spaces when typing instead of two like in braille. That's all I recall
from my typing lessons as far as multiple spaces go.


On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 08:17:38PM -0400, Jim Kutsch, KY2D wrote:
> Warning: this is way more than you really wanted to know.
> , I just researched this point at the end of last year. It turns out that
> it's a question of when you learned to type. This is another of those
> standards that have changed over time.
> Putting two spaces after a period was the standard until a few years ago. It
> was taught in typing classes in high school and at secretarial schools and
> was documented in the "style books" for many newspapers and large companies.
> In the days of "continuous width" fonts (like typewriters), it was the
> standard. More recently, with proportional spacing in type fonts and laser
> and other printers that can deal with proportional width fonts, the standard
> has evolved to the use of only one space after a period today. However, the
> use of two is still accepted as an alternative, although not preferred in
> the style books.
> So, in January, I decided to teach myself to switch to only one space after
> periods. It was one of my new year's resolutions. Considering I took a
> formal typing class in 1966 and have used a keyboard extensively ever since,
> teaching myself to change was quite a chore but by the end of January, I
> managed to drop those pesky unnecessary spaces. Just think of all the
> virtual trees that are being saved.
> Finally, for those who want references, here's the best one I found both
> because it's a great, humorous article, and because it has links to many
> other references on the question:
> d_Period_9587.aspx
> Cheers,
> Jim

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