Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why You Shouldn't Double Space

Recently came across a post on Swiss Cheese and Bullets - Two reasons why you shouldn't double space - and since this also one of my pet hates I feel it's necessary to reiterate the wisdom of Robert Bringhurst, from the Elements of Typographic Style:

In the 19th century, which was a dark and inflationary age in typography and type design, many compositors were encouraged to stuff extra space between sentences. Generations of 20th century typists were then taught to do the same, by hitting the spacebar twice after every period [full stop]. Your typing as well as your typesetting will benefit from unlearning this quaint Victorian habit. As a general rule, no more than a single space is required after a period, colon or any other mark of punctuation.

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