Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

On the one-space-after-a-period rule

Inflation in monetary systems is a thing to be avoided when possible. In typography, the same is true. From Robert Bringhurst’s Elements of Typographic Style:

In the nineteenth century, which was a dark and inflationary age in typography and type design, many compositors were encouraged to stuff extra space between sentences. Generations of twentieth-century typists were then taught to do the same, by hitting the spacebar twice after every period. Your typing as well as your typesetting will benefit from unlearning this quaint Victorian habit.

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Written by gregorymcnamee

February 12, 2009 at 3:52 am

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