Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Are You A One-Spacer or a Two? [You're The Expert]

Image from Slate
Have you seen the one-space-after-a-period versus the two-space-after-a-period typography debate?

I'm sure that if it's something that really bothers you, you've noticed that I'm a two-spacer.  Apparently that makes me uneducated ('cept I learned me that in that there college, so I ain't got me no idea 's what that guy o'er there at Slate means with his mean words).  I was wondering if it at all bothers you?  Two spaces? One?

Not that I care what typographers prefer, I'm just curious...Which do you do when you type?  Tell us.  1? or 2?

19 comments:

NatalieSap said...

I went through high school double spacing but switched to the single space sometime in college. Just seemed more efficient!

kjovus - my life with books said...

My first college english teacher was a two spacer or fail woman. My later prof. that was Dean of the English Dept. didn't care and neither do I. Mostly I am a one spacer because I am always in too big of hurry to double space.
I honestly am curious to find out what people have to say. :)

Brooke Reviews said...

I do two. I was taught this way in high school in a computer class I was taking. I've since done it that way, mostly out of habit. :)

Emily said...

Two spaces. Fight the machine!

Meredith said...

I was taught two when I learned how to type and that's how I've always done it. I have taken classes and have been marked off for having two though and it's really hard to remember to delete a space after every period when you're finishing a paper!

Another problem has been typing tests. Since I've been looking for a job, most agencies give a typing test before they put you in their system. I love wpm's for having to remember to only do one space or for going back to deleting them!

Tif said...

Two spaces all the way!!! It may be the old school way, but it is the only way when I type! :)

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

What?!?!?! You two-spacers... Such rebels!!! I'm definitely a one-spacer and always will be. Never heard of two-spacers until now. I thought it was only a way to make your papers longer???

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I was always taught two spaces.

heidenkind said...

I only started doing single spacing on twitter. Now I'm totally inconsistent about it; sometimes I forget to double-space, but usually I do. However, I support the double-spacers. Fight the power!!!!

Vampires and Tofu said...

I've never heard of two spacing either....

kar_took said...

I lerned in my high school typing class that it should be one space after a comma and two spaces after a full stop, but since leaving high school many, many years ago (eek!) I've never done it. I'm a one-spacer out of laziness, if I'm honest.

It doesn't bother me that other people are double-spacers, but I hve just had to re-format a submission for the short fiction anthology I edit to remove excess spaces and returns, which is a bit anoying but part of the job.

I'd be interested to see if anyone uses double line spacing for their writing. I do it for academic work because thats the format, but never for my fictions. Somehow it just doesn't look right.

I love that bit in the Slate article where he says 'everyone began to type wrong'. Rules of grammar, style, lexicon and yes even typogrphy are merly convention. Language is a beautiful fluid entity, something I love about it. Its not that 'everyone else is wrong', but that somting about the way we do things changes, and we adapted our (in this case written) language to accomodat it becuse we are clever like that.

Sorry, didn't mean to get on my soap box but I do dislike pedants. Use two spces after the full-stop (or period, if you prefer) if you like.

Natasha A. said...

I grew up a two spacer, but in college made the transition. It's an interesting debate...

Miriam said...

I don't know if it's different between the Uk and US (I have no idea) but I am a one-spacer and I've never heard of anyone using two-spaces till now. I honestly didn't notice you used two spaces till you pointed it out. xx

I Heart Monster said...

Promise it's not to make my papers longer! In fact, I too, have a problem with Twitter. When I'm close, I go back and delete all of my double period spaces.

Meghan said...

I learned to type with two spaces and I've mostly stuck with it ever since. I've only switched in the past six months or so, mainly because my British co-workers started to make fun of me for it. I switched fairly easily, though, since I type pretty much every day, but it was tough at first.

Tawnya said...

Uh, two spaces all the way! I guess I'm getting old, or just old school. I didn't know there was a fight going on, but if it gets out of hand, I totally got your back IHM.

Jules@OneBookShy said...

I am really old because I didn't even know that it was considered close to proper to NOT have two spaces. I was taught two spaces as a kid looooong ago. The only time I don't is when I'm texting and need to shorten it up (of course my texts sometimes sound Martian when I'm trying to save characters - so who cares if I don't space properly then?)

Interesting debate. Old die-hard two spacer - Jules

Miss Bookiverse said...

I didn't know two-spacing was so common in the US. In Germany it's considered really bad typography if you use more than once space.

Faith said...

One space! If I accidentally used two spaces in some of my college papers, my profs would circle the blank space with red pen and take off a mark. Yep, that's right. Single-spacing is apparently the new standard.