Also, your query letter should be no longer than one page and must include your complete name, your pen name if you write under one, email address, postal address and phone number, and your story pitch (i.e. That’s a poor example, as it is actually rather easy to tell by the time you’re done reading “U.S.”; the first period hints that the second period is also a part of the initialism. punctuation be dammed, we are in a fantasy war and i have set my Shift key to swing my sword. But, then, I am over 40, or so. Some typefaces feature shorter or thinner em-dashes. Fun discussion. The contents page is one way to jump to or return to a section in the book. However, if either the handwriting/note or the drawing is nondescript– which hardly ever happens– the problem rises. However, I already know I’m not going to keep up with the technology in that area. What I was eternally grateful for though, was the decline of shorthand classes at that exact time! I do! I fear that the design rule of going to one space is too great a bow to the culture of increasingly succinct communication as well as perhaps not recognizing ergonomics. It’s hard to keep up. I usually opt for whatever helps people to understand each other. The extra space improved readability. If you were in England, I think you made $ by combining S and /.). I f electronic, MS Word docx, pdf, txt, or ? It’s not necessary to say “hello” when you answer the phone because you already know who it is from the caller id? See my follow-up post, written two months later…The Price of Snark: What I Learned About Teaching from a Viral Post.]. Much appreciated. Not cool. But if you’re writing a letter or some print for publication, or an email at work, or really most things…follow the grammatical rules. (See? Thank you ???? Secondly, it is an accepted fact in the field of technical writing that generous use of white space improves readability and comprehension. But we can’t be so nitpicky the rules become more important than the content. Several popular fonts are still “monospace,” even on a computer. Wow! I feel the modern age is averse to space. Let’s discard all of the rules while we’re at it. I would argue, though, that certain conventions serve a greater purpose than simple clarity. For older people the double space may be preferably, but I have to wonder whether this has a correlation with getting old or it’s simply a matter of what you became most familiar with. http://www.heracliteanriver.com/?p=324. You may have transferred your finger and thumb dexterity skills you learned through typing but you are definitely “keyboarding”. In reality though the reason why in most cases you should refrain from two spaces is when the line breaks and could cause a new line to start with a space. i’m not a young man, i remember the typewriter because my parents and grandparents had one. With digital typography on the web we’re still typographically restricted and so we’re forced to choose between one and two spaces. Also a former graphic designer. 1) I didn’t read all the comments but many. When you’re writing someone’s thoughts, are they italicized or should they be in single quotes? I teach Office 2016 at a local college. I’d focus on the kids that aren’t able to type using full words because they are used to abbreviating thanks to texting. Let’s not go changing rules of grammar to suit the advancing technology. I should have known it was going to attract people who had serious grammar chops! I’m talking about type design now, but this principle of standardization and getting insight into the logic of things is synonymous with the renaissance so it’s prevalent in typographic practices as well. In the Netherlands I’ve NEVER seen anyone use double spaces. What about ending a sentence with a preposition? Well, this is interesting, because ideally I think we should use 1,5 space after a period. Adding half a space after the period would be preferable, but adding a full extra space is a nasty solution as it diminishes the reading experience. The double-spaced paragraph is FAR easier to read. Ask your younger generation what a semi-colon is for. I understand it’s hard to unlearn your routine and there isn’t necessarily a need for you to unlearn it, but it’s good that new generations don’t learn to use double spaces. It has been a real learning experience for me and I really hope that the pompous c**t attitude doesn’t carry over into any of my other posts. However regarding the poster who can’t deal with her mom leaving a space before punctuation marks … is your mom European ? We know why the rule was adjusted but we don’t care. u feel me? So if you want your story to get read in the first place, you’re just going to have to get over it. Language is such an important tool and we should use it with joy. The world has way bigger problems than this. I do have one question though. In both cases, I find myself continuing to the next sentence before “finishing” the first. But to elevate aesthetics, as practiced by magazine publishers, above clear expression again seems unworthy of a person teaching pedagogy. No! So the period ending a sentence with an abbrev. What’s next? . I love them. If it brands us as being over 40, I don’t exactly see the problem. The reason we use two spaces is readability. Less accomplished players are always in a hurry to sound the next note. He didn’t, so what was meant to be a monolinear logo was actually a logo with emphasis on the horizontal strokes. Doing two spaces on a typewriter emulated an existing tradition but in a less technically elegant way and by people who were not trained typesetters (“typesetting” as such was never done on typewriters). Your piece is hard to read because you don’t double space after your sentences. A consensus finally coalesced within the past five years or so. Sometimes I have to cover my ears just to process a thought. So. It’s implied here that it’s typographers versus the rest of the world. Now to get motivated to fix all the corrections and suggestions. I am also SO grateful I learned to type. I make no apology for offending anyone who has a differing opinion. I also agree that the dearth of proper grammar and spelling in society today, particularly in popular media and advertising, is much more worrisome than a mere two spaces at the end of a sentence! If you want to use a single space, like they did when people used typesetting and electric typewriters, that’s fine. You really mean “NOR”. I am a Librarian, have been since the early seventies. Is this really what you want the teachers who look to you for advice to be teaching their students? See? Your post, and your follow up comments, state that the reason people incorrectly (in your view) use two spaces after a full stop is because they are old, ignorant, and stuck in their old ways. That’s debatable and it’s not the only consideration. Two spaces! If you want to find interesting patterns, search the internet for catalogs of companies making floor or wall tiles.p> Every time I see this reposted I think I will stop and say what a pompous c**t you are. Your synopsis should provide an overview of your story—including the ending! Sorry, I’m 42 and still use 2 spaces because I just confirmed after reading this article with my straight A student/7th grader : “…how many spaces after a period?” “Mom! They did not. The scripts look typed, just as they always did. First of all, there wasn’t one thing called a space. The one ‘rule’ that did drive me crazy was earlier in my career, when several women in accounting still insisted on using the lower case ‘L’ in place of the numeral ‘1’ in their spreadsheets. You seem to realize that the not-currently-an-option 1.5-ish width between sentences would be useful, but you have provided only vague preferences as to why the substitute should be one space, when there is much valid reasoning behind why two spaces is the most useful current replacement. The period, space, and use of a capital letter are not unique to the end of a sentence, and apply identically to serial capitalized abbreviations. Use your pen name on the header of each page. Use high-quality paper, 20 or 24 pound, with a brightness score in the high 90s. I agree, the spacing doesn’t cause any actual confusion. I know someone who leaves a space after punctuation. Your mission when you publish a document is to make it as readable as possible. There are workarounds, but they are fairly clunky. My manuscript is for a book that’s similar to the Wreck This Journal series. One of them was a student from Gerrit Noordzij, who is one of the master type designers of the Netherlands, so the man had a lot of insight into typography but couldn’t handle InDesign to actually do modern typography. At the same time, we like to think we’re professionals so of course we can’t just go wild. As shown by many of your comments, there was no reason to link age with the use of two spaces. I still can’t get over what a hot-button issue this is! When you put a double space at the end of a line, the program automatically places a period in its appropriate spot and starts the next word with a capital. When you have a new chapter, just start it on a new page. Glad to have you here — I hope you’ll stick around and look at the rest of the site! Can you clarify something for me. The method of treatment of photographs and illustrations varies greatly. That attitude comes from not really having any investment in their writing beyond what grade it earns, and they know through experience that most English teachers are too busy to spend much, if any, time fussing with them over typography, nor to hold them accountable for it in the form of a grade. And if style manuals have conceded to this inanity, it’s indulging un-trained and stupid people who we slavishly worship and follow due to their youth. I find it ironic that the example you use in the image at the top of the post should not have a period at all – it should be a semi-colon. Thanks. “As for the “ugly” white space, the holes after the sentence were said to make it easier to parse sentences. What would be the reason for this? Just one space. I have a similar question to this. Hi Dax – Appreciate your info so much. I just vividly remember being at my family’s printing shop trying to use that typewriter and emphatically thinking (or perhaps yelling), “where’s the one key?” and a secretary calmly informing me that you were supposed to use the L, adding, “Didn’t you know that?”. I agree, although I was a English and Business major, it was drilled into out heads two spaces after period at end of sentence. A period might be the end of a sentence, but it might also follow initials, abbreviations, numbers, and other uses. We should not change history because of technology unless it is a really big win. I just finished grad school a year ago, and in my field we use APA, and we were definitely told by our instructors NOT to do two spaces after a period. https://media1.tenor.com/images/d4ab8eece2f1e50cf709c007fe350e45/tenor.gif?itemid=14210749. I considered it, but I tend to update the book a couple of times a month. So, while there’s been a push from one space to two, it’s not because of mono space typewriters and the switch to computers. Requirements of each agent and publisher vary. Being over 40 myself, I felt it was okay to poke a little fun. You just me brought back with scary visions from my typing classes in middle school. Don’t read it if you think it might make you tear your hair out. So if you are a highly qualified candidate but can’t properly keyboard, then someone else may get the job. Actually, a period and one space visually denote the end of the sentence. WHY specifically is is wrong to use 2 spaces? The latter saved space and paper in books etc. These are the building blocks of written communication and they should each have their own unique separator. Five characters that validate the two spaces after a period: APA v6: That’s really interesting! Good to have you here! I still think a larger space enhances readability. The typists turned that into two spaces both because of technological restrictions and because it was justified to do so with monospace typefaces, but we’re working with new technology now and it’s no longer justified to use two spaces. I understand that line 1 starts 1/3 to 1/2 of the way down the page. Well, you are hearing a bout it now, from yet another source. After all, a 30-year-old human resources person will likely notice if you double space on your resume and cover letter. For example, ”Love Etc. I’d say Apple products are modern so why the discrepancy? But consistency in a journal, book, webpage, whatever is what counts, not whether the journal from one company is written and edited in the same style as a webpage from another. In other words, what? I do agree that double spacing can be bad looking if a paragraph uses justified alignment. If you double space without thinking, as I often do, Open Office’s auto correct changes it to single space. It makes me shudder to think their answer. English teachers (at least those I know) teach the one space rule to prepare kids for the business world — and if they don’t, they should. It was correct because the font on your typewriter was monospaced. For typographers it absolutely does. I think of a paragraph having multiple sentences, so how can you have double spacing for lines yet one spacing for sentences? I never heard of the lowercase “l” habit. That meant the letter i was given the same amount of space as the letter m, even though it clearly didn’t need it. Probably, the only style manual they have seen is the ONE manual for journalists, AP. That happens with my own kids! however when communicating in a game online, every sentence is ended by pressing enter to send the message. See, if someone is doing it deliberately, for reasons like the one you’re talking about, I get it. The transition from Underwood, to IBM selectric, to Vax to PC has many strange rituals in its wake. Is there an affordable novel-writing software program that has automatic features that enables someone to concentrate on writing instead of formatting? STOP signs are a red hexagon. Bluebook, the legal style manual, doesn’t have a rule on space after periods, but defers to the Chicago Manual (one space). Anyone who would judge you based on something that petty is not worth working for. Also, I would like to point out that if all the “new technology” lends itself toward single spacing after a period, why is it necessary to double space in order for a period to automatically appear in lieu of manually typing one? Yes, I learned to type pre-computer but NOTHING I type even looks right unless there are two spaces there. Interesting that Manjoo utilizes an Oxford comma in his rant, but fails to comprehend the need for two spaces. “Once in a while I use etc. Like you, I consider typing class to have been one of the most valuable classes I ever took. However, I’m pretty certain if you look at pages throughout the centuries, you will notice that double spaces are rarely used. Despite being much younger than you, I always use two spaces because I find that it looks better and is easier to read. ‘You’re a loser,’ his pants accused. Mahalo… (Thank you…). They would have a question and it would amaze them/freak them out that I could continue to type at a rapid pace while I looked at them and carried on a conversation with them at the same time. Thanks for your comment. Can't find what you are looking for? Hi Joe. There is no good argument to use it and there are great arguments against it. Ugh. That’s ignorance. I assumed that anyone who used two spaces did it only because they didn’t know better, but now I see that this is not the case. It’s not so bad. The extra space helps me as a reinforcement that I’ve reached the end of the sentence, period (proportional fonts be damned…the world near my nose is slipping into fuzz!). I’m just hoping that a little background information will at least help those who write the style guides do so with all the facts. “But to elevate aesthetics, as practiced by magazine publishers, above clear expression again seems unworthy of a person teaching pedagogy.” In that era, you actually needed the extra space to really tell when the sentence was finally over. I totally agree with you. Maybe I’m just arbitrarily stuck to some aspects of tradition. For whatever reason, we used ONE space after a period in selectric and TWO for the executive journals. It wasn’t until 1999, when I got a copyediting job with the New England Journal of Medicine, that I learned the “new” rule. Two spaces, plain and simple, makes it MUCH easier to read anything anyone has written. The reasoning provided by double-spacers is consistently more cogent and substantive than the reasoning provided by contemporary typographers, Dutch or otherwise. I have parts of the dialogue for my fantasy novel which are actually telepathy. I still do the two space font thing, and when I find essays and such that don’t, I actually struggle to read them. For centuries predominantly one space was used after periods. If anything it creates extra strain on the mind. By going through a lengthy process, Word will allow you to choose the number of spaces between sentences when correcting grammar and then you must manually correct by right clicking. That’s because people keyboard instead of type. Hi Monty! Click on the order now tab. Not entirely true. Using one space after the period makes all of the sentence bleed together. Ironically, all the original punks (presumably not the connotation you referenced, I’m referring to music) are middle-aged or older. Thank you for the help. Such a tempest in a teapot about one or two spaces after a period (full stop.) In 1972, when I learned to type on one of the ancient typewriters, it was drummed into our heads that you put TWO spaces at the end of a sentence between the period and the start of the new sentence. Even still, that wouldn’t explain the outrage and vehement arguing that goes on over double-spacing. And since everyone is a writer in some form or fashion, it is high time that this “one space rule” gets some extra attention. (I just caught myself doing it again…) My semester of typing remains one of the most valuable classes I ever took in high school — I can still dazzle small children with my ability to make words appear on a screen by just hysterically wiggling my fingers on the keyboard. I believe the forgotten delineation is from the lack of educational awareness, in the last few generations, making it a pseudo standard; as no one truly has to write in grade school anymore. I’m 59 and I never ever thought of putting a double space at the end of a sentence! For now, I apologize for the offense and hope you’ll come back to comment some time in the future. I was taught in my typing class (using IBM Selectrics in 1986 – beat you to it by a year) to use two spaces behind the period after a sentence. (Reproduced in Stanley Morrison’s “Four Centuries of Fine Printing, Barnes & Nobol Inc., 1960, p.66. Jennifer…I think the main thing is just to be consistent with whichever choice you make. If you’re constantly noticing the typography it causes extra strain on the eyes, which diminishes the reading experience. The double space, the slightly larger white space does, indeed, clearly clue the reader to the end of the sentence, and it makes reading faster and more comprehensive. In the quest for sustainability alone, we should eliminate double word spaces. Your article should really say “nothing says over 60.” Take it from a former book designer who worked in a pre-computer age with actual typesetters working in linotype and monotype. All of the argument over one vs two spaces begs the term anal retentive. All these 2 space nut jobs have trouble reading books?! For a quick reader, two spaces helps distinguish between a comma (signifying a pause) vs. a period (signifying a complete thought). P.S. I am 63 and I don’t know where the hell any spaces after punctuation came from. The history you’ve printed here is made up. You will need to package it differently for each. I read an article similar to this, in which it says that your agent’s (if you have one) information goes in the top left corner, while your own goes in the bottom right. The French still have a few specific typographic practices which deviate from the general standardization though, so it might not be fair to base our typographic practices on what the French do. Still, I’ll own the obnoxious pr**k part. It’s an extra strain on the eye. That sounds like a refreshing approach, to let your students weigh the different opinions and make their own decision. Jack, this is not an article telling you how to write a manuscript, but how to format it for submission. Or feel free to single space everything, but don’t tell us double-spacers that you’re right, and we’re wrong and old-fashioned or old. I’m all for a bit more space after a period than in between words, but a double space is simply too much space. What you’re using is three spaced periods, which is very obtrusive and any typographer would advise against it. You first have to have specific knowledge before you can apply it. No, you’re wrong there. So THERE! I don’t think I could bring myself to hit it only once. And to do that requires writing directly in HTML. Two spaces helps to distinguish between the two and makes papers easier to read. Call me too lax if you will but I am ecstatic just to see punctuation much less to quibble about one or two spaces after it. This is not a great example of the principle at play because I’m adding full spaces rather than kerning, but you can see how spaces disrupt the reading experience. Wes Horton W.A. Seriously, those of us who were taught typing on manual Royals in the same part of the school where shorthand was taught, spent our lives double spacing between sentences about as automatically as we rode bicycles. The story has movement over 2 countries and several locations in each. We live in an era of age discrimination. My boss demands we use 1 space in all hard correspondence (yes, due to malpractice issues in this litigious society, we still keep hard files). Ha! Lenna, should we enter chapter page numbers at the start, or would this not be required as an editor at a publishing house will do a final edit? So, bite me. 60, I’ve lived through a lot of these changes. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to change this! To signify a range in numbers or a correlation between two locations an en-dash should be used and to signify a sentence within a sentence, one would have to use the em-dash. By the 19th century the practice was firmly established. It is the way your inner feelings are received by the observer. But it is incorrect to say that this is due to proportional fonts and computers. So you can keep up your ridiculous second space, and time, technology and common sense will get rid of it for you. Don’t justify your paragraphs. I can barely think of a more ludicrous statement on this subject. I wish I knew the brand/models, but I have seen this with my own 2 eyes. (this varies). The pattern is made of two lines of repeating the key word. I have been told that sans-serif fonts are much easier to read for people with dyslexia. In other words, i have no idea how to format so many different forms of communication and i need help. I believe the author of the Slate article actually mentions this. 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