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Sentence spacing - Wikipedia

Wikipedia's page of the day today is about sentence spacing, which appeals to the typographic geek in me. Loads of references to look at, but one quote caught my eye:

 Hallahan 2009. "During times when many disciplines that recommend the APA's Publication Manual [6th ed., 2009] are advocating evidence-based decisions, it's noteworthy, we think, that these discussions of the rationale for using two spaces at the end of sentences (and after colons) do not appear to be based on scientific examination of the hypothesis that two spaces makes manuscripts more readable." 

So perhaps the decision to use two spaces rather than one is based on subjective preference rather than an objective improvement in legibility. I admit to using two spaces occasionally in emails to help break up the text.

Posted by Brian 4.8.10 [ page link ]


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