This new assault on typing double spaces between words may make old-school typists angry but modern copyeditors delighted!
Whether you type double spaces between words probably depends on when you learned typing.
I never took a formal typing class. Despite my lack of formal training, I easily passed a typing speed test back in my college journalism school. And I’m sure I can type as fast if not faster than some students who might have taken those typing classes back then.
But without the class, I never learned the “rule” about typing two spaces after every period.
At some point, years ago, that rule changed.
But like many rules that change long-established practices, some revolted. Almost immediately.
Microsoft Word is cracking down on double spaces.
How did we reach this point? Well, back in the typewriter days, typewriters placed the same space between each character. Whether you typed a W or an I, it took up the same amount of horizontal space. The two spaces following every period made it easier on the eyes to see where one sentence ended and the next began.
Modern word processors and modern typesetters fixed this “error” so that narrow letters no longer took the same amount of space as their wider counterparts.
Two spaces are no longer necessary.
But you’ll still have a tough time convincing some of the diehards of that fact.
The application will now place a red squiggly line in any two spaced gap, signifying the “error.” But you’ll still be able to ignore the suggestion to halve the space.
More’s the pity.
Instead, don’t ignore: take the suggestion. One space between sentences is plenty.