I have always believed that it is a good idea to leave two spaces after a full stop (period). This man disagrees very forcefully. I have no idea if he is right, but this looks like a good topic for discussion by dull men.
27 July 2012
We didn’t realize until we read the article that “one or two spaces” has such a facinating history.
Yes, it it is a good topic for Dull Men’s Club meetings. The discussions are not likely to be as heated as the views expressed by Farhaad Manjoo, the article’s author.
I think the reason may people think two spaces are needed is that, back in the days of typewriters, that’s what typing instructors drilled into them.
It’s probably a generational thing. Use of two spaces will probably die off as the (older) typers who use two spaces die off.