What a day this is shaping up to be! Lots of great work ahead today, so I will be brief on this post… about a life changing revelation I received this morning!
The revelation came from my wife, in the form of a link to a Slate article about a particular practice in typography. She, herself, found the article on Facebook. The title of the article? “Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.”
The article very thoroughly trashes my lifelong (well, my typing-life lifelong) practice of using two spaces after every period. I’m not the easiest person to convince of life-altering matters like this, mind you, but I thought the case was well presented and the historical origins of the custom provided in the article was very believable.
The switch to one post-period-space is going to be difficult, I know. I can’t tell you how much concentration it has taken me to only use one space instead of two in this very post. (In fact, I have had to delete several “second spaces” after typing them, including the one before this parenthetical comment.)
Actually, it may help me to avoid an annoyance I’ve noticed on this particular WordPress theme: It seems that whenever the end of one of my sentences is at the end of a line, whenever I use two spaces, the second space always ends up slightly indenting the next sentence on the next line. It could be because previously WordPress was mercifully turning all of my two-spacing into one-spacing as it change my typing into usable HTML, and that since changing themes that benefit has disappeared.
So, for those of you out there who are fellow two-spacers — a noble bunch to be sure, whose ranks from which I am now endeavoring to break free — before you react as virulently as I did at the suggestion that I should abandon the “proper” two space approach, check out the article for yourself. I wasn’t left with much consolation afterwards.
And, yep, I had to delete the two spaces I instinctively made between those last two sentences in the previous paragraph.
It’s going to be a long week…