Jun 15, 2011

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Tech Teach: The Double Space is Dead

Because writing is a part of everyone’s life (especially a blogger), I found this new tidbit of information to be kind of funny and strange and interesting all at the same time.

Did you know? You should only put once space after a period in a sentence!

Do you put one or two spaces after a period in a sentence? We were taught in school to put in two. Apparently these are the “old typewriter rules” and they no longer apply? Check out this article that explains the WHY behind this new thinking.

In addition to that, Grammar Girl (isn’t she cute?) puts her two cents in about this topic as well. Click on the image below to read the full article.  Her verdict – She agree’s the double space is dead. So break your old habits, folks!

Am I the only one who didn’t know this or is this news to everyone? And just for fun, I tried to write this entire post with only one space after periods. Who knew!

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  • http://gravatar.com/monnik1 monnik1

    This is the hardest habit to break! You know what’s actually making me break it more than anything? Twitter. Don’t want to use up one of my 140 characters on a space. :)

  • Marie

    I had to break the double-period habit when I started grad school because we have to follow the APA guidelines for all of our papers and assignments, which calls for single space after punctuation.. It was really hard at first, I had to go through and look at every single sentence and sometimes delete the space(s) in order to determine if I had one to two. Now it is just a habit that I do all of the time (well, almost all of the time)–there’s a joke here.;)

    • Ronda

      I actually “cheated” when I proofed by thesis….I did a “find” for (space) (space) and did a replace with just (space). I didn’t find too many…I’ve been slowly breaking the habit. Funny how such a small thing is such a big deal now…

      • Ronda

        That should have been “my” thesis instead of by thesis. So much for proofreading!

      • http://theartofeducation.wordpress.com Jessica Balsley


        Good thing you proofed your thesis so well! :) I didn’t know you could do such fancy searches. Thanks for the tip!

  • Kristi VDW

    Very interesting, Jessica! I had no idea, but I’m afraid it will be difficult to break the habit!! Thanks for keeping me up with the trends!

  • http://www.inartclass.blogspot.com Angie

    I knew the rule has changed, but it is just part of my habit to double space.

  • Sarah

    I learned this when I was in school for Graphic Design about 6 years ago. I have since tried to persuade others to follow the rule, but I’m still the only one who believes this is true.

  • http://colonelmiddleart.weebly.com Kurt Plinke

    I just feel that some rules were meant to be broken. To me, it just looks wrong not to double-space. Before I was a teacher, I was a newspaper reporter, and I don’t think I could stop double-spacing, even if I wanted to.

  • http://www.inartclass.blogspot.com Angie

    I will say that many programs now correct the double space! Just thought about that now, when mine was corrected.

    • http://theartofeducation.wordpress.com Jessica Balsley

      Good to know! I guess I am learning with the best of them!