Quick Tip: Double Spacing After a Period is Not the "Norm" Anymore

Posted by David Chism | Mon, Aug 10, 2009

typewriter_antique_When writ­ing a blog, an arti­cle, a cus­tomer let­ter or any mar­ket­ing piece that has mul­ti­ple sen­tences, you don’t need to dou­ble tap your Space­bar any­more! Most Gen­er­a­tion X folks will not even know what I am talk­ing about (though I am one myself). How­ev­er, even I, when I first learned to type was told to hit the Space­bar twice after each peri­od. I nev­er real­ly knew why until I took my first Desk­top Pub­lish­ing course back in 1996. My instruc­tor set the class straight! The rea­son most of us (espe­cial­ly my par­en­t’s gen­er­a­tion) dou­ble tapped our Space­bars after a sen­tence end­ed was rather quite sim­ple: It was the stan­dard rule for typ­ing with a type­writer. Ahhh…but this was the rule before com­put­ers become the stan­dard way to write and com­mu­ni­cate. On the old type­writ­ers, the rea­son we had to dou­ble space was so we could eas­i­ly dis­tin­guish between the end and begin­ning of two sen­tences. If you did not dou­ble tap your Space­bar, it would look like a run-on sen­tence
(Type­writer Exam­ple (with­out a space): i.e. The days of a type­writer are ended.The days of the computer…) (Dou­ble Tap Exam­ple: i.e. The days of a type­writer are end­ed. The days of the computer…) (The new” Way Exam­ple: i.e. The days of a type­writer are end­ed. The days of the computer…)
The com­put­ers and word proces­sors today know when a peri­od is placed and how much space to place the end and begin­ning of a new sen­tence. So, it might take some time, but go ahead and try to break the habit of dou­ble tap­ping your Space­bar! It is now con­sid­ered Old-fash­ion.”

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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