One space or two when typing?

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  1. After G macrumors 68000

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    I noticed that when I type long posts out, I tend to put two spaces in between each sentence. I've been trying to "fix" this behavior, since I've heard that computer typography makes the second space redundant. Is it still fine to type two spaces in between each sentence, or you think one space is the right thing to do?
     
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    When I was taught to type, on a typewriter, I was told to put in 2 spaces after a period. I still use it today.
     
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    Oops, my mistake ... :eek:

    To my credit, I did add a "do not care" option :D
     
  5. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

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    I was always taught two spaces after a period. That's how I type it; no reason to change.
     
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    Technically it is supposed to be one space. When I originally learned (we were the last class to use a typewriter to learn) we had to use two spaces. I have corrected myself as I had to take a typography course and if you put 2 spaces the teacher would go *******.
     
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    You only need one space after each sentence. Two spaces is the now old fashioned way for typewriter use.

    Checking all the posts in this topic only shows one space, so either you guys are all only typing one, or the forum software automatically removes the redundant second one. :)

    Some of the people I deal with use anything from no spaces to about 10 spaces ... usually varying the number in the same document. :rolleyes:
     
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    vBulletin only renders one space. :p So all the double spacers can complain. :eek: vBulletin doesn't love you.
     
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    Okay, so on that note, should commas and periods go inside or outside quotation marks? Obviously, in the instance of a quote, any commas or periods should be inside the quotation marks:

    e.g. Bill looked at us and said, "Hey guys, I'm going to the store."

    However, I'm one to believe that when using quotes to indicate a name or something specific, it is more appropriate to put the quotes before the punctuation:

    e.g. After going into the "Apple menu", select "System Preferences".

    See the difference?
     
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