OK. I admit it. I’m old-school. I learned to include two spaces after each period. Then after following this golden rule for thirty years (I know, this really dates me), I found out that the current trend is to include only one space after periods.
Do you realize how hard it is to retrain your typing fingers after thirty years?
I succeed only about fifty percent of the time, but I try to catch my blunders and correct. (As an example, please note that I successfully included only one space after the periods in this post. Yay for me!)
But does it really matter? Is one way better than the other?
Today, I read an interesting and humorous article in The Washington Post by journalist Avi Selk. Selk discusses the ongoing debate through the years and pointed to a recent analysis of this issue. Researchers conducted a study to prove whether there is evidence to support either of the methods. The results are interesting. But even if you elect your preferred technique, watch out for auto-correct and web-code. They just might make the decision for you.
So, tell me, do you include a double-space or single-space after periods?