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One Space After Periods

What?! One space after a period? If you grew up on a typewriter, this is a difficult habit to change, I know. Or if you were taught keyboarding skills by someone who grew up on a typewriter, they taught you typewriter rules. But characters on a Macintosh are not monospaced as they are on a typewriter (except for a few typefaces such as Monaco, Courier, and Andale Mono), so there is no need to use two spaces to separate two sentences. Check any book or magazine on your shelf; you will never find two spaces after periods (except publications produced on a computer typed by someone still using typewriter rules). If you find this hard to accept, read The Mac is not a typewriter. If you’re interested in creating fine typography, read The Non-Designer’s Type Book. Yes, I wrote them.

For the ultimate authority on the question, check the question-and-answer page on the web site for the Chicago Manual of Style: www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/cmosfaq.html


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