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On 08/16/2013 03:06 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
o I would suggest that two spaces are probably useful with fixed-pitch text as on a typewriter, especially when the sentence-ending full stop will be spaced so far from the last character of the sentence. So that's why we all learned that way. But that no longer applies with proportional fonts. (I still use double spaces in e-mail messages, since I send them as plain text and have no control how they are displayed by recipients.)

o In justified text, there is no such thing as a "single space" anyway: the size of the space between words depends on what happens to occur in the line. So there is no meaning to "two spaces" either: your word processor may permit you to include two consecutive space characters, but two spaces on one line could end up narrower than a single space on the next.

Brian Barker


Very well put, Brian, especially your observations about justified text. Using two spaces on a justified line can sometimes end up with a grand canyon of space between sentences.

A quick online search uncovered the following article about the evolution of the practice (along with a whole slew of articles that agreed):


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