@asymmetricinfo : That’s what *I* said!

This is precisely what I said in private email – which was not to Megan McArdle, by the way; she’s being hyper-sane on her own – when this ludicrous Slate post about one-spacing was written!  My exact words were:

You may have my second space when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.  I don’t care if this upsets typographers.  I really and truly do not.

I don’t know why, but the fact that Megan independently came up with the same response that I did is immensely cheering.


  • Rob Crawford says:

    HTML doesn’t care. It’s all one space to it.


  • Canthros says:

    I can’t see the point in getting worked up, either way. I learned to put a second space after sentence-ending periods in school, and discovered before I graduated that MS Word produced two spaces worth of … space after the same period. Between then and the end of college a decade ago, I seem to have dumped the habit. It’s no great loss, and the work of a single regular expression to fix to your liking, either way. (Actual regex too small to fit in the margins.)

    OTOH, I’m fairly convinced the typography dorks are just a new batch of rank elitists, so screw ’em. Do whatever, and let kerning sort it out.

  • Christine says:

    Until I read these articles I wasn’t even aware there was a debate. I learned to put two spaces after the period and I see no reason to stop just because someone doesn’t like the way it looks.

    Frankly, I think the single space looks sloppy. To each his own though.

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