Tuesday, June 26, 2012
One space or two? How did I miss this debate?
This is wrong. Because there are two spaces before the word "Because."
This is correct. Because there is only one space before the word "Because."
At least according to this January 2011 article from Slate.com. Very interesting little history of typography, and I feel like I should have known this long before 2012. I guess I could start using only one space but it would be hard.
About 15 years ago, maybe more like 18?, a smart, talented, polite young writer came to work with me, and after a few months she smilingly and casually told me that, in a previous job, she had learned that one space was the more appropriate style. I smilingly thanked her for telling me about her former employer's interesting thoughts on spaces but I also told her that we would stick with the two-space rule. My boss agreed with me so that was that.
Now, all these years later, I want to apologize to Natalie. She was right, I was wrong. I wonder if I would care about this at all if I still worked?