One or two spaces after a full stop?

(27 Posts)
Wheatie Tue 16-Oct-12 09:44:28

I always thought it was two, as that's how I was taught to type 15 years ago.. but someone is trying to convince me it has changed and now we should only have one! Can it be true?

Wigeon Wed 24-Oct-12 19:48:17

It was two in the days of typewriters, but now it's definitely one.

WMittens Sat 20-Oct-12 11:49:04

I was always taught to use one space. I remember having to correct some letter templates where the author had used three!

...(including our's)...

Get out!

wink

While we're on the subject of punctuation, shouldn't an ellipsis be three dots?

Yes. However, there is no solid convention that I can find about whether there should be spaces before or after the ellipsis, or inbetween the dots, so I think it's open to personal preference.

WithManyTots Fri 19-Oct-12 12:59:03

On a typewriter or using a fixed pitch font, two spaces. However, modern word processors using proportional fonts seem to do if for you. If you look at the space they leave in the sequence, full stop, space, capital letter, it is more than they leave between words in a sentence, but less than the space they leave if you put two spaces between words by accident. I have become a convert, and now often search and replace /space/ /space/ /fs/ with /space/ /fs/ but I may be going a bit far... Equally the sequence /fs/ /space /paragraph/ arrhh, Why not just drag your nails down a blackboard..

Abra1d Fri 19-Oct-12 07:24:45

For the last twenty years publishers have asked me for one space only after full stops.

cardibach Thu 18-Oct-12 22:13:35

One looks all wrong to me. I always use two, but one after a comma or semi colon.

FamiliesShareGerms Thu 18-Oct-12 07:26:06

I was taught two; it's now one for most house styles (including our's), for the reasons other give

RustyBear Thu 18-Oct-12 07:25:02

Interestingly, I can't see any difference in the spacing in the posts of those who say two spaces and those who say one. grin

My iPad always converts two spaces into a full stop, one space and a capital letter to start the next sentence, so I've got used to one space now.

While we're on the subject of punctuation, shouldn't an ellipsis be three dots?

Panzee Thu 18-Oct-12 07:22:34

I do two, my newspaper reporter husband says one.

AnitaBlake Thu 18-Oct-12 07:21:15

Two was to do with typing on manual machines. I was taught two. I think one is more to do with the rise in sms use as much as anything else. Both are acceptable but I would argue that for clarity two is preferable.

CambridgeBlue Thu 18-Oct-12 07:19:18

One, always one. I spend half my life find and replacing double spaces in copy typed by people who were taught the old way which may have been correct once but just looks wrong now.

Sticking with two here as well.

takeonboard Thu 18-Oct-12 07:15:00

Two. I didn't know it had changed to one, don't think I can change the habit of a lifetime now.

Lougle Thu 18-Oct-12 07:11:54

It was always two. People now say one. I prefer two, but my Swype keyboard likes one.

snozzlemaid Thu 18-Oct-12 06:30:30

I'm not giving up my two spaces. Don't think I could retrain my fingers anyway.

VintageRainBoots Thu 18-Oct-12 05:00:04

I was taught to use two spaces, too.

Pseudonym99 Thu 18-Oct-12 04:51:28

Two spaces after a full stop or colon; one space after a comma or semi-colon.

Wheatie Tue 16-Oct-12 12:58:45

The majority say one.. Google says one.. am I just going to have to get used to one space confused I'm so set in my ways!

hanglider Tue 16-Oct-12 10:06:02

Exactly. With typing it had two spaces because it made it clearer when reading (typewriter font is 'courier' from memory). With the advent of word processing the new fonts available were better shaped for reading (courier is quite square) and so two spaces were no longer deemed necessary.

MooncupGoddess Tue 16-Oct-12 10:01:54

Yes, only one now.

One imo

Woodlands Tue 16-Oct-12 09:54:54

It has changed now and should only be one space.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bearandcub Tue 16-Oct-12 09:51:38

2 spaces in Pitman typing tests.

GooseyLoosey Tue 16-Oct-12 09:50:10

Our house style is 2 spaces.

I was taught two spaces.

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