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One space or two?
Do you put one or two spaces after a period when you're typing?

Why do you do what you do at the end of a sentence, whatever it is that you do?

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I was trained to use two spaces because I'm old. I'm trying to change to one, but old habits are hard to break.

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I worked in design and advertising for a long, long time. One space. The reason for two had to do with old actual metal typesetting type and long projects and typewriters with hammer keys. No advertiser or designer has ever used that convention because it's distracting unless they were setting type for a book.
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Wordpress may finally cure me of two spaces. I'm finding it a difficult habit to break.

Testy did you take a typing class in school?

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I am about your age and I still hunt and peck. I'm really fast at hunting and pecking, maybe 35 or 40 wpm if I'm on a roll. No. I've tried to learn touch typing a few times but most of my computer work requires a mouse or tablet almost always so most of my typing is one handed plus a couple of free left hand fingers here and there. And before, say, 1990 or so, I drafted everything except business correspondence longhand because it was going to be typeset anyway and I used more whiteout than ribbon unless I was going painfully slow.
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Two spaces, which is how I learned at school. I can kind of break the habit if I'm posting, but when I write papers, I still find myself using 2 spaces without even thinking.

eta the thing that's starting to break me of the habit is that this laptop's space bar doesn't work so well on the right, and I only use my right thumb for the space bar, so it's that much extra effort sometimes and well :effort:

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I am about your age and I still hunt and peck. I'm really fast at hunting and pecking, maybe 35 or 40 wpm if I'm on a roll. No. I've tried to learn touch typing a few times but most of my computer work requires a mouse or tablet almost always so most of my typing is one handed plus a couple of free left hand fingers here and there. And before, say, 1990 or so, I drafted everything except business correspondence longhand because it was going to be typeset anyway and I used more whiteout than ribbon unless I was going painfully slow.


I think most of the people who develop the habit learned it in typing class. I wonder if people who learned to type on a typewriter and now teach typing on computer keyboards teach two spaces or not.

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I learned in typing class on a typewriter, but we had computers also (like 4 computers in a class of 30 students) that we took turns on.


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Typing class on older manuals in the early '80s.  Two spaces or you were marked wrong.

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I am about your age and I still hunt and peck. I'm really fast at hunting and pecking, maybe 35 or 40 wpm if I'm on a roll. No. I've tried to learn touch typing a few times but most of my computer work requires a mouse or tablet almost always so most of my typing is one handed plus a couple of free left hand fingers here and there. And before, say, 1990 or so, I drafted everything except business correspondence longhand because it was going to be typeset anyway and I used more whiteout than ribbon unless I was going painfully slow.


I think most of the people who develop the habit learned it in typing class. I wonder if people who learned to type on a typewriter and now teach typing on computer keyboards teach two spaces or not.
I don't know but I do know that I use one space because that was a rigidly enforced norm in my industry.
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Two.  Learned on a typewriter in high school.

Also, oxford comma for life.

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Monospaced fonts went out in the 1970s.
We are now 17 years into the 21st century. One space.
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there is only one space
its big, really big

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Learnt on typewriter at high school. Two spaces then. Single space now. Two looks weird.

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I can't not type two spaces. 

I think you can probably tell the age and possibly sex of the person who typed a piece of text by whether there are two spaces.

Women of a certain age type two.

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Sometimes you need a dot that isn't the end of a sentence (said Mr. Brown).  One space for those.  Two spaces at the end of a sentence.

Typing class circa 1980 on a manual typewriter.

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Sometimes you need a dot that isn't the end of a sentence (said Mr. Brown).  One space for those.  Two spaces at the end of a sentence.

Typing class circa 1980 on a manual typewriter.

same.

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Wordpress may finally cure me of two spaces. I'm finding it a difficult habit to break.

Testy did you take a typing class in school?
I was taught the two space method in typing class in high school, but abandoned it as soon as I finished the class. One space, every time.

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One space. Taught in Finland, when using computers in middle school/high school in the mid-90s.

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One space. Self taught. Instinct.

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Two spaces. From typing class in 5th grade on.
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i  didnt  think  women  of  your  respect  inducing  age  got  periods

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i  didnt  think  women  of  your  respect  inducing  age  got  periods
To be fair, periods are complicated.
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I get yelled at by our copy editor for using two spaces, but it's a habit I can't break.  Plus, I don't give a fuckin shit.