How Many Spaces Between Sentences?

This is a bit of silliness you won’t see often here. Skip it if you’re in a serious mood. Don’t skip it if what you are serious about is typesetting.

How many spaces should one put between sentences? My co-bloggers Ian and Steve both use two. See those huge gaps in their posts (Steve’s and Ian’s)? I do! (No I’m not bitter about it.)

I dropped the double-space habit years ago and am firmly in the one-space camp (no rocket ships). I’m so firmly in that camp that when I co-author papers, grant proposals, and other writing endeavors I frequently edit out all those extra spaces that the two-spacers think are required (global find/replace makes this trivial).

Maybe you weren’t even aware of this debate. Wikipedia has lengthy entry on the subject.

The use of a single space after the concluding punctuation of a sentence is the modern convention for professional typesetting, final, and published work (e.g. books, journals, and periodicals).[11][12][13][14] The use of a double space after a sentence has reversed nearly completely, primarily because of the widespread use of proportional fonts.[15][16]

What’s your opinion? Are you in the we-are-right-dammit-one-space-camp or the if-it-was-good-enough-for-grandpa-two-space-group?

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