Like many of my generation, I learned to type on a typewriter. And it was drilled into my head that after a period, you typed TWO spaces.
Well, I was having this discussion with one of our copywriters / proofreaders recently, and she informed me that you are not supposed to put two spaces after a period anymore -- one is the new standard.
What the hell? When did this change? Why was there not a massive memo sent out to the world which communicated this new piece of information?
Supposedly, the change was due to the fact that with all our newfangled technology, this archaic practice was no longer necessary. Hell, HTML doesn't even recognize the second space, unless you specifically code it to do so. Who knew?
Still, because I'm a skeptic, I did a little digging of my own, and lo and behold, this is correct. Check it out:
Modern Language Association
Chicago Manual of Style
I found it on the interwebs, so it must be true. This is going to be a tough habit to break. I think I've already done it reflexively after every single fucking sentence I've typed in this post.
Was anyone else aware of this? And for younger readers, was this the way you've always known?
Holy shit, I feel old. (space, space)