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

Steve Holmes steve at
Wed Apr 10 14:12:23 EDT 2013

I've heard something to this effect before.  The only problem I see
with using single spaces is with emacs and some of its typing modes.
I bbelieve two spaces are necessary for emacs to interpret the block
of text as a sentence.  I could be wrong here but that alone would
keep me using two spaces while using emacs especially.

On 4/9/13, Gregory Nowak <greg at> wrote:
> 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.
> Greg
> 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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