Until this strip I’d never even heard of the idea of two spaces after a full stop. I only had one year of learning to type because my schooling was in that vague period between things like slide rules and typewriters being ubiquitous, and using calculators and computers.
When you post a comment here multiple spaces are reduced to one space. Not sure what that says about GoComics.
I love to see the guys go at it over the really big issues!
Two spaces after a full stop (period) are only visually necessary when using a mono-space font e.g. Courier.
I can make a paragraph in the comments by inserting a p between carets (the greater than and less than signs).
I think there’s a setting in Word for that.
I was taught that, when typing an address, there should be two spaces between the state and the zip code. It’s very hard to break that habit, and I get criticized by people who proofread my letters.
Aren’t there 2 spaces after a colon?
I was taught to fire your pistol in the air to get the stagecoach to stop and pick you up when out on the lone prairie. Bur times have changed, so I don ’t do that any more.
Since when did Bloom County start a cable news channel?
Nothing like a question that has no absolute answer to get the voters fired up. One alternative becomes the only true answer fot all real patriots and the rest are a Commie plot to destroy the Republic(ians).
If formal, I use 2 spaces, informal, one or 2. How about cursive writing which no one could ever read!
Let’s up the ante and take a stance concerning the Oxford Comma.
I wanna know where Opus stands on the Department of Redundancy Department? And on the mine shaft gap with Russia?
I learned to type before electric typewriters became common. I never heard of the two spaces after a period, colon, or any other punctuation mark.
What happened to the interrobang?
Indenting paragraphs is an endangered species on computers, though magazines and newspapers still manage to do it.
2 spaces after a period or any other end of sentence punctuation.Oxford Commas are for people who either can’t construct sentences/paragraphs or don’t know when to use a colon.
I type two spaces after a period. If you’ve been married, you know that you need to be as far away from the wife’s period as you can get…
Number me among the Antique Neanderthals. What else is new?
Charter Member of the Antique Neanderthal Club. Two spaces is for the comfort of the reader (like paragraphs); one space is lazy and selfish, besides being just plain wrong. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
Even with newer proportional fonts, I find 2 spaces looks cleaner and is easier to read. Down with the 1-space morons! ;)
I think the problem can be solved through the liberal use of run-on sentences and by liberal I mean the other meaning of the word so please don’t think I’m being political even though I probably am so anyway my point is that periods are over-used to the point where they should probably be considered the 1% of punctuation and I really think run-on sentences solve the problem.
Hay, I’m a liberal and I use two spaces. It makes it easier to read.
That’s the way I learned to type on an electric typewriter in 9th grade. “Thus has it always been, thus shall it ever be.” But oddly enough, that’s how the early computer formatting programs also worked (though later versions of Runoff and TROFF made it a parameter), presumably because they were still formatting monospace type for people who had all been taught the same way. I have read various discussions about typography standards being one space, and understand the difference between proportional and monospace visual effects; OTOH I still find it clearer to have the period and the extra space. (Besides, I think book typography is wrong about double-justification; ragged-right would always be my preferred approach because the spacing is always consistent rather than differing from line to line. So appeal to that particular authority does not convince me.)