CNN – Microsoft has made its typographical decree: Two spaces between sentences is too many.
The style choice will now be marked as an error in Microsoft Word — and users who press the space bar twice after a period will be met with those dreaded blue squiggly lines…The habit of using two spaces is a relic from the era of typewriters, when typists spaced twice to more clearly define the end of a sentence. Characters were “monospaced” back then, which means they took up the same amount of space on the page — today, most fonts adjust the width of characters so sentences are easier to read.
Welp thats it guys. Even Microsoft finally got bullied into saying two spaces after a sentence is wrong.
To all my fellow two spacers out there, I feel your pain. I was a two spacer forever because thats how they taught us as kids growing up. Don’t give me this typewriter excuse, thats what we were taught on Windows 95 too. At one point in my life I was a big-J Journalist writing for an actual news outlet and we all did two spaces, but once I left that job and grammar ceased to be an important part of my life I slowly caved. This blog is filled with sentences just one space apart from one another after years of people just beating the two spaces out of me.
I’ll let this one go because I’m no longer trying to stretch everything out while writing 10 page term papers. The same does NOT go for the GIF vs JIF debate though. I’ll die on that hill.