I enjoyed this article I read recently on Slate:
Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.
By Farhad Manjoo Posted Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 6:20 PM ET
(To read the whole thing, click here.)
As of this morning, it had received 2309 comments, so obviously people are passionate about the subject. Personally, back when I took “typing for college-bound students” I was taught to put in two spaces. With the advent of word processors, I read somewhere that one space was correct; my automatic “two clicks on the space bar” was a hard habit to break, but eventually I did.
I had a student tell me that she has/had a faculty member who was adamant about two spaces and in fact, marked her paper down because of the missing spaces after periods. This person probably has a disagreeing comment buried in one of the 2300+ posted on the article by Farhad.
I am wondering about my editor colleagues. One space or two, or don’t you give a hoot? Please share in the comments!