One space is the currently accepted by Chicago Style book and other sources. Depending on whom you believe, two spaces is a throwback from learning to type on a typewriter on which adjusting the spacing between proportional characters did not occur.
And yes, learned on a typewriter and cannot help myself.
Even on a computer, two still reads better. So two.
CMOS be damned; R6 is correct.
Unless we're talking Prairie School Architecture or deep dish pizza (if you like those sorts of things), Chicago has never been the best place to turn on matters of style.
One. Two spaces looks desperate, as though you have nothing interesting to say and are simply trying to fill space. That, or it looks as though you're a fossil who has only ever used typewriters and isn't aware that a computer will leave you all the space between sentences that you could possibly need.
R6 and R7 are correct: two.
Two spaces went the way of indenting paragraphs.
I still use two out of habit.
APA says one. APA ruled all graduate school papers in the northeast.
Most of us are post-menopausal, so periods are no longer an issue.
I've never even heard of only one space before.
Always two after a period. One after a comma or semi-colon.
[quote]two spaces is a throwback from learning to type on a typewriter on which adjusting the spacing between proportional characters did not occur.
I hadn't realized that this was ever an issue. I've always been taught to only use a single space after a punctuation mark. How odd that someone would hold onto an archaic concept in this age of digitization.
If you type a document that is right justified, those two spaces are sometimes huge. Looks downright ridiculous.
R19, you mean an archaic concept such as the use of hyphens when using a compound age definition as an adjective?
For online things that appear on sites (like this) it doesn't matter. HTML strips out the second space anyway. Most online formatters do. I type two out of deeply ingrained habit, and that muscle-memory isn't going to be changing any time soon.
Thankfully, given the new standard is just one space after the period, most people won't notice. In Twitter, Facebook, and Forum posts like here or over at the gawker sites, it's all HTML, so the second space is stripped for me, and it'll pass muster.
If you're submitting writing to an editor though, you need to check with them. But in most cases, it's just one these days.
So why on datalounge do you have to hit carriage return twice to get line separation on poems.
R24, also a quirk of HTML (and likely of the forum formatting software as well).
HTML wants to 'wrap' text.
In fact, if you double-space to start a new paragraph, but you mistakenly start the paragraph with a space (like an indent), the forum software will wrap it all up with the previous paragraph, as if the blank line never existed.
It's kind of annoying, I agree, but it is what it is.
Most forums allow some way of putting in line breaks, like pressing Shift-Enter, that will be respected and not wrapped out of existence.
But not here.
R25 Datalounge has stated its boundaries.
Marry me, r21!
Sad when it turns out
That Datalounge is not compliant
With the very latest grammar trends
I do two.
I prefer two, because it eliminates the possible ambiguity when you use periods in the middle of a sentence, such as Dr. Sylvian's frequent speeches.
(made up that last bit to throw in the "Dr.")
Obviously you can use context to tell that's not really the end of the sentence, but why should you have to?
It's like the Oxford Comma... it should ALWAYS be required. Any 'style' guide that says it should never be used is just flat out WRONG.
R31, AP Style is wrong.
It has chosen an arbitrary rule that cannot be justified by any logic or reason, while the Oxford Comma has many justifications and reasons, and makes perfect sense.
When I am texting on my iPhone, if I tap the spacebar two times after any word, it creates a period and one space. This applies, of course, to the ends of sentences as well as abbreviations such as "Dr." or "Mrs.".
I guess the iPhone is following CMOS. Without realizing it, surely.
I've never put much faith in Chicago or AP. Both are journalistic in nature. I used MLA while in school. And yes, when writing a scholarly paper I always used two spaces.
Marry me R28!
For me, it's personal. On material printed out I like the look of two spaces between sentences. I like indented paragraphs. Did it on all my papers. I've been on some computers, no matter what I do, one space is automatic between sentences. And I learned the hard way AutoCorrect is not my friend. In copying lyrics "darkies" always came out "drakes."
What happens if you type three spaces after the period into a formatter? Will you end up with two?
Word processor says ALWAYS two spaces after a period.
Also, a period inside a quotation at the end of a sentence.
Both items of which have been heavily disregarded by the Internet generation who clearly are not getting the education that once was.
I'm inclined to agree with R8. I think it's better to have one space after a period. To have two spaces creates too much white space. In addition, it also takes up one character too many. That can be important because of limitations.
[quote]Also, a period inside a quotation at the end of a sentence.
ONLY if the period is PART of the quotation. If you're quoting a sentence fragment, then doing this can be misleading or ambiguous, and the period belongs outside... because it's NOT part of the quote.
I knew this would be a good DL thread. I still don't know which is correct.
I'm going to do 2 because if Ms. Osborne reads this and only sees me using 1, I am fucked.
Two spaces after a period. Two. Not one. Two!
There's no "I'm going to do" stuff.
It's two spaces after a period. Basic typing class.
You don't call the shots in grammar, dear. You follow the rules and obey.
...And keep your ignorance to yourself.
[quote]I knew this would be a good DL thread. I still don't know which is correct.
Before the world of computers, proportional fonts, and computer typesetting, it was two spaces.
After the world of computers, proportional fonts, computer type-setting, and HTML... it's one.
It's really not difficult.
Really, nobody under 30 I think types two spaces, and pretty much everyone over 40 types two spaces. It's ingrained habit.
For the record: neither is "wrong"... it's just that one was the prevailing convention, and now the other is.