The Redbook (3d ed.)
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One space or two after sentences?

Over at Daily Writing Tips, Maeve Maddox provides historical perspective on a divisive question: do you type one space or two after sentences?

My opinion and practice: one space. If you disagree, no big deal. Unless you’re trying to squeeze a brief into a page limit, in which case those unnecessary extra spaces are costing you some valuable page space without improving the appearance of your text.



After 45 years of two-period typing, I can't stop out of habit. I like the two spaces because for me it is slightly easier to proof read a missing period or extra period.

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