Punctuation: Spaces between sentences

March 31, 2005: Issue 85

Use one space between sentences, never two. Debate over this issue rages on message boards, so we’re not going to make any value judgments. We’re just going to reiterate that the single space is SIM style. We never use multiple spaces except to position display type.

(A little context: Many of us learned to use a double space in the days of typewriters, which used monospace fonts—every character took up the same amount of space. Most computer fonts, however, are proportionally spaced and automatically adjust for space between sentences.)

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