Entering a double space after a full stop is wrong, period. With one space.
Microsoft Word is to mark the use of two spaces between sentences as an error – reflecting the standard accepted by most style guides.
The formatting error will be highlighted by the popular word processing application with a blue wavy line.
Popular use of double spaces is a hangover from & # 39; days of writing, then & # 39; t the characters of & # 39; equal width of & # 39; monospaced & # 39; fonts asked for clearer sentences.
However, the introduction of typewriters with proportional spaces in 1944 began the process of making the extra space unnecessary to ensure easy readability.
Nevertheless, the tradition of double spaces continued – and is often found among those individuals who were not first taught to type on a typewriter.
The new rule is gradually being rolled out over Word, which means that users may not receive the new warning until they update their software.
However, for the militant two-spacers among us, fear not – it will be possible to specify the popular word processing software to ignore the mistake.
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Microsoft Word's image is to mark the use of two spaces between sentences as an error – reflecting the standard accepted by most style guides (stock image)
DOUBLE SPACING IS A HABIT OF THE DAYS OF TYPEWRITING
Many people double down on a sense or space, because this was how they were taught to use a typewriter.
From their invention in 1868 to 1944, all typewriters used so-called & # 39; monospaced fonts & # 39; in which characters of a given font size all occupied the same width on the page.
This results in larger gaps between characters, which makes the ends of sentences more difficult to detect – a problem that first becomes threefold and then double spaces.
(Actually, the habit is to use extra space to help define the end of a sentence, the typewriter pre-date, and typists traditionally used an em space (one equal in width as the letter & # 39; m & # 39; ) for this purpose in straightforward text.
This practice among printers went out of use in the 1940s-50s, partly to simplify mass production of newspapers, magazines and pulp shows.)
In 1944, IBM's release of & # 39; e & # 39; Executive & # 39; version of their electronic typewriter a shift to fonts with so-called proportional spaces – where & # 39; t the letter & # 39; w & # 39; for example, takes up more space than & # 39; in & # 39 ;.
While this ignored the need for double spaces, the practice remained true to many of those who did not learn typewriters – with the habit persisting to this day.
The advent of HTML standards – which, for easy programming, ignore extra spaces – has reinforced single spaces.
& # 39; As the crux of the big distance debate, we know this is a stylistic choice that may not be the preference for all writers, which is why we continue to test users and easily accept these suggestions , ignore, or flat out dismissed in Editor, & # 39; Microsoft Partner Director of Program Management Kirk Gregersen told the MailOnline.
The change to & # 39; Microsoft's spelling and grammar check was first spotted by Alan Chen, a professor at & # 39; e University of Denver & # 39; s Storm College of Law.
& # 39; Microsoft Word now shows 2 spaces after a period as an error, & # 39; he tweeted.
& # 39; The one-spacers have won, & # 39; he concluded.
Microsoft may have just made the transition to discourage its users from double-spacing, but typographic authorities have been for a while & # 39; one-spacers & # 39 ;.
Prominent style guides including those of APA, PA, the US Government and the Chicago Manual of Style all advocate the use of double spaces.
Arguments against using double spaces include saving time, saving paper when printing, and helping reduce the risk of so-called & # 39; rivers of white & # 39; to minimize – running spaces to a print page that can potentially interfere with readability.
Actually, Matthew Butterick – author of the book & # 39; Practical Typography & # 39; that the rule & # 39; one space & # 39; & # 39; no matter of argument & # 39 ;.
& # 39; One option has support from typographic authorities and professional practice; the other option. The issue is not ambiguous, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; Like language, typographic conventions change. & # 39;
& # 39; In the past, space habits were different. In another forty or fifty years they may have changed again. & # 39;
For now, however, & # 39; – one space, & # 39; he joins.
In 2018, studies published in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics wiped out a typographic storm when it concluded from experiments that people's reading speed increased by about 3 percent when reading text with sentences double spaces.
& # 39; Enlarged gaps have been shown to help facilitate processing in a number of other reading studies, & # 39; told paper author Rebecca Johnson of Skidmore College in New York in & # 39; email to & # 39; the Atlantic (you don't, they said, they split twice!)
& # 39; Removing the spaces between words very drastically makes our ability to read fluently and increase the amount of space between words helps us process the text, & # 39; she added.
However, critics have noted that the findings were only applicable to readers who did not already type with double spaces.
Furthermore, the tests were both performed on only a computer screen, instead of testing as printed text, and engaging fonts with monographs – the exact type of font for which the practice of double spaces was created to improve readability.
In contrast, the team did not assess the influence of double vs. single spaces on proportional fonts, which they assumed was more frequent.
Many people double down on a sense or space, because this was how they were taught to use a typewriter. From their invention in 1868 to 1944, all typewriters used so-called & # 39; monospaced fonts & # 39; in which characters of a given font size all occupied the same width on the page. This results in larger gaps between characters, which can & # 39; t detect the ends of sentences more quickly – a problem that first reduces threefold and then double spaces
The change to & # 39; Microsoft's spell and grammar check was first spotted by Alan Chen, a professor at & # 39; e University of Denver & # 39; s Storm College of Law. & # 39; Microsoft Word now shows 2 spaces after a period as an error, & # 39; he tweeted. & # 39; The one-spacers have won, & # 39; he concluded
Despite the & # 39; s expert opinion, the discovery of & # 39; e changes to Word's spelling and grammar rules online with various responses.
& # 39; With a word processor, the appropriate amount of space is captured by once on & # 39; hit a space bar, & # 39; wrote Twitter user @jfetz.
& # 39; By the way, who loves space wasting? & # 39; she added.
Justin Mikolay tweeted: & # 39; For years I was in favor of two spaces after a period … & # 39;
In response, twitter used @FewUgly quipped: & # 39; Traitor. & # 39;
Meanwhile, @ Atticus59914029 wrote that the news was & # 39; a dark day in & # 39; announced annals of & # 39; human. Two spaces. & # 39;
Despite the & # 39; s expert opinion, the discovery of & # 39; changes to Word's spelling and grammar rules with various online responses
& # 39; With a word processor, the appropriate amount of space is captured by once on & # 39; hit a space bar, & # 39; wrote Twitter user @jfetz. & # 39; By the way, who loves space wasting? & # 39; she added
The experts agree: Double space is no longer a necessity
Experts are quite unanimous about the redundancy of double spaces in modern typography.
& # 39; Use a space for one word between sentences, Canadian typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst instructs in his authoritative 2012 guide, The Elements of Typographic Style.
For those who don't use two spaces, he has the following advice: & # 39; Your typing and setting will benefit from unlearned (Victorian) charming Victorian custom. & # 39;
In his & # 39; The Complete Manual of Typography & # 39; James Felici, meanwhile, writes that the war between the one- and two-spacers is the debate that refuses to die (…) In all my years of writing about type, it's still the question I often hear, and a search on the web will find threads abundant on the topic. & # 39;
However, he adds, & # 39; the typewriter tradition of separating sentences with two word spaces after a period has no place in setting. & # 39;
& # 39; Forget tolerating differences of opinion, & # 39; added founder Type Studio Ilene Strizver.
& # 39; Typographically, typing two spaces for starting a new sentence is absolutely wrong. & # 39;
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