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Today's Poll: 05/24/2015

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How many spaces do you put after a period when you type? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
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baileyswagger
on 05/24/15
I only type 1 space after if you type any more after that it isn't professional and makes you look like you don't know any better or care.
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
Like I care and know any better*SPACE**SPACE*Take that*SPACE**SPACE*
ethieda
on 05/24/15
Wow
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
Iamstillusingmorsecodeslikethis-.-- --- ..- / ... . . / .-- .... .- - / .. / -.. .. -.. / - .... . .-. . ..--..sonospaceexist
Baker57
on 05/24/15
The question does not specify as to which device one is using. If I am typing on a typewriter, I place two spaces after a full stop. If I am typing on a computer or smartphone, it is a moot point as the space gets formatted to avoid crowding of the text; however, when typing on my phone, particularly on twitter, I tend to use a single space.
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
-.-- --- ..- / ... . . / .-- .... .- - / .. / -.. .. -.. / - .... . .-. . ..--..
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
in morse there is no space
shayle13
on 05/24/15
WarGreymon77 liked this  
I still use 2 spaces.
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
elijahrender liked this  
Lies! you are using a single space
BeefxSwag
on 05/24/15
1 should be common standard in the year 2015.
AMIESAUNT
on 05/24/15
I learned that in typing class in 1959 - 2 spaces after a period, and followed that rule all my life.
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
2 spaces is out of style just like that bell bottom pants and suede suits
nursemorph
on 05/24/15
I only ever put one space after any and all punctuation, no matter what it is
pianogal1955
on 05/24/15
Baker57 and 2 others liked this  
I took a Personal Typing class at The Ohio Valley Business College during the summer between 5th and 6th grade. That was in 1966 and I was 11 years old. The first day of class I learned that there should be one space after a comma, and two spaces after a period. I have always followed that rule when typing!
bigmama315
on 05/24/15
PinkDaisey liked this  
I learned the same thing in high school in 1975! Always put 2 spaces after a period.
kazooga1234
on 05/24/15
I learnt 1 space after a period. It only changed to two recently I thought.
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
sexting was hard too on the Telegraph
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
I learn every sentence ends with STOP on the telegram STOP
TrinityM
on 05/24/15
One space folks, one space!
http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-many-spaces-after-a-period
http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/typespacing/a/onetwospaces.htm
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/OneSpaceorTwo.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html
BrieDanielle
on 05/24/15
I know there are cases when 2 is proper, but it drives me totally nuts. I delete extra spaces when I see them!
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
Try deleting this...space....in....between..and...this one too
nehne
on 05/24/15
I hope I am right?
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
No, sorry you are wrong, the answer we were looking for is What is none of above. Knock off 500k off the board, and I will be collecting that money or Alex Trebeck will.
Cleopatra74
on 05/24/15
Wayne62971 liked this  
I took typing and learned the 2 space rule HOWEVER, later on in world processing class I learned that 1 space is the rule. Gotta love the difference between computers and formatting to old school typewriter rules.
NightArrow9
on 05/24/15
I thought this was a joke poll at first! Who puts two spaces at the end of a line and why? xD
joy2008
on 05/24/15
I learned to put two spaces when I first started learning how to use a computer in elementary school, which was in the mid to late 90's. Since then I've stopped that and only used one. I've read somewhere that periods are now programed so that that it automatically has a space, so you only have to manually put in one space. I don't think that's accurate, but I still put just one space.
SMARTMOM36
on 05/24/15
Is this REALLY a point for debate?
How about using whatever you feel comfortable with?
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
you are totally right about that because I am comfortable with long pause
skateeverydamday
on 05/24/15
get some good poll ideas
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
kaharchis5 and 5 others liked this  
Idon'tbelieveinsegregationsoIneverusethespacebar
zephyr359
on 05/24/15
bohemianbeatnik liked this  
Too funny, bohemianbeatnik. :)
bohemianbeatnik
on 05/24/15
zephyr359 liked this  
Glad to see you around lol
BattyJanice
on 05/24/15
bohemianbeatnik liked this  
ROFLMAO! XD
kazooga1234
on 05/24/15
I hate when people put two. That is because in my job when people put it twice it sometimes comes out as 3 or sometimes they forget to push it twice so I have to either add a space or delete the other spaces. It is really annoying. It should only be 1.
Mollymockford
on 05/24/15
Baker57 and 1 others liked this  
At secretarial college, way back in the 1960s, I was taught that one puts three spaces after a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark; two spaces after a colon or semi-colon; and one space after a comma. However, nobody does that now; so I've dropped the three spaces down to two, but still maintain the two spaces where appropriate. It makes text so much easier to read - you absolutely have to have plenty of whitespace so that the eye and brain can draw in the information as easily as possible.

Some people these days seem to put no space at all after their punctuation; whereas some put unnecessary spaces inside brackets, ( like this ) when it should be (like this). And let's not get into the question of whether the full stop or other punctuation should be inside or outside closing quotation marks! There is one logical answer to this, and one American answer.

(By the way, in the UK the word "period" generally refers not to punctuation but to menstruation.)
Mollymockford
on 05/24/15
kaharchis5 liked this  
And, wouldn't you know it - when my post appeared, all my double spaces had been stripped down to one. I should have guessed, and perhaps used   where appropriate!
jstephens4
on 05/24/15
ROTTIEPRINCESS and 3 others liked this  
I don't use periods; I end all sentences with an exclamation mark to convey a sense of urgency! If it's a really big deal, then I use multiple exclamation marks!!!!! See what I did there!
IanNewYasha
on 05/24/15
hot4coupons and 5 others liked this  
I DON'T THINK YOUR MESSAGE IS URGENT ENOUGH! HAVE YOU TRIED TYPING IN....all caps??????!!!!!!!!!!! :P
Punkroku
on 05/24/15
I put one or none when using swype on an android.
tomoscat
on 05/24/15
No idea what you are talking about.
jstephens4
on 05/24/15
TrinityM and 3 others liked this  
I don't use periods; I end all sentences with an exclamation mark to convey a sense of urgency! If it's a really big deal, then I use multiple exclamation marks!!!!! See what I did there!
Jasonswags
on 05/24/15
none
mtrincreible
on 05/24/15
Baker57 liked this  
Depends on the Font. If I don't see that my first space separates very well the two sentences I put two spaces instead
IanNewYasha
on 05/24/15
zephyr359 liked this  
In the keyboarding class I took some time ago (old enough to use a DOS/pre-Windows computer, but not a typewriter), it has been two spaces after a period or a colon, but only one after a comma or a semicolon.

I usually follow this rule if the font the text going to be displayed is mono-spaced (like the Courier New font this very textbox shows) AND the alignment is non-justified. However, once I post this comment, it's going to be in Arial or something - a proportional font, and that rule gets thrown out the window like the rest of my typeface knowledge. :P
zephyr359
on 05/24/15
IanNewYasha liked this  
Yeah, I noticed that too that's why I said only one space when posting SB comments.
SugarPuddin
on 05/24/15
thisguy2626 liked this  
I usually use one space. If the format is more formal, however, I'll use two.
tymesm
on 05/24/15
thisguy2626 and 1 others liked this  
Usually one, sometimes two. The more formal it is, probably two.
mydoggyman
on 05/24/15
NightArrow9 and 6 others liked this  
Its not the 1860s anymore. We type on digital devices now. 1 space.
snowp
on 05/24/15
Baker57 and 7 others liked this  
i was born in the 1860's. So, I'm still using two spaces!!
smklo1496570050
on 05/24/15
i dont get it. im confused.lol.
zephyr359
on 05/24/15
bohemianbeatnik and 5 others liked this  
Two spaces still looks better.

This is one space. This is one space.
This is two spaces. This is two spaces.
PrettyEvil
on 05/24/15
TrinityM and 7 others liked this  
Those are both a single space. Most browsers that don't stink at their job correct over spacing. You have to use a specialized spacing code to make more than a single space show up.
zephyr359
on 05/24/15
xxkimberlyxx liked this  
How come when I take those typing test online they'll consider it an error if you don't enter the two spaces after the period ending a sentence? It's a similar typing test software when you apply to a temporary agency.
PrettyEvil
on 05/24/15
tangodoodles and 5 others liked this  
1. Because the program was designed for testing on a typewriter back in the olden days and no one bothered to update it when they brought it over to the digital age.

2. Because they are using APA style requirements.

3. Because they feel like it.

The only typing test I have taken that required double spacing was a 'learn to type' program from when I was in middle school; this was back when computers were just getting to be cheap enough for schools to get computer labs. I found the 'game' program a few years ago for nostalgia and the updated edition no longer requires double spacing.
PrettyEvil
on 05/24/15
tangodoodles and 1 others liked this  
I didn't say it was in the old days you did it. I said it was potentially designed in the old days. There are many things that we lazily update with technology without updating the rules of. It could have very easily been a 'program' - meant to be reviewed by a human after instead of a computer - for a typewriter. When computers rolled about someone made a computer program for it and just copied the whole thing as it was. And since then it's just gotten updated whole hog. Cuz effort; temp agency doesn't have a temp to update their program's style guidelines.

There is also still the APA guidelines in option 2. APA states you should do all drafts in double spacing - and then convert it all to single spacing when publishing.

And then option 3 of they feel like it doesn't really matter what year it's in. They still feel like it.
zephyr359
on 05/24/15
Nope. This was just 3-years ago at a temp agency (not the 1800's). If you don't enter the two spaces after the period ending the sentence, you pretty much stink up your typing test.
capelli
on 05/24/15
only period I know is very messy so I leave as much space as possible.
Cylver
on 05/24/15
I'd forgotten all about it till now, but back in the 70s when I took typing in high school (40+ students, all banging away on those noisy, clanky typewriters!), it was indeed two spaces. But now? Naaah, just one space!
swaguser91758460
on 05/24/15
Zero, it's the end of a sentence.
tinahawk
on 05/24/15
Mamaof42009 and 1 others liked this  
I was taught 2 spaces. This is the first I'm hearing of the change to 1 spacing rule.
tangodoodles
on 05/24/15
thymebug and 10 others liked this  
The two spaces after a period rule originated when typewriters were used because the spacing of the text would make sentences with only one space between them look too crowded. Now that we use computers, the two space rule is rendered pointless as one space is properly formatted so as not to look too crowded. I've read several articles that say that the consensus among experts is that the new rule is a one space rule and putting two spaces is a violation of that rule. My parents still do two spaces because that's how they were taught when they took typing classes on typewriters. But this two space habit that some people have is just totally out of date and unnecessary. Get with the times, two spacers!
DCSAVER
on 05/24/15
I knew it must be something like that because when I took typing it was two spaces.
JuneJay4life
on 05/24/15
none
andsombris
on 05/24/15
Don't understand - is there a word or phrase missing from the question ? After a period of what - time ?
BattyJanice
on 05/24/15
bohemianbeatnik and 6 others liked this  
Most periods are 28-30 days apart... O_o
IanNewYasha
on 05/24/15
BattyJanice liked this  
What you did there. I see it.
RingoDave
on 05/24/15
As usual, it is an American question. They mean a full stop.
Vegetarian
on 05/24/15
I always used one and never heard of anyone using two until I went to uni. But there were no rules about it when writing uni essays, I think it was just personal preference.
kolektanto
on 05/24/15
Baker57 and 3 others liked this  
When using a fixed font - two spaces. When using a proportional font - 1 space.
tangodoodles
on 05/24/15
IanNewYasha and 1 others liked this  
A couple of interesting articles about why one spacing is correct:

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/two-spaces-after-period/
http://lifehacker.com/5735680/an-argument-against-using-two-spaces-between-sentences
http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-many-spaces-after-a-period
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/one-or-two-spaces-after-a-period/
PrettyEvil
on 05/24/15
tangodoodles and 1 others liked this  
Also, for those interested, the various style manual rules:

Chicago manual: single space

APA: drafts should be done with a double space following a period, but notes that usual modern convention for published works in a single space after a period

US printing office style manual: single space

Associated Press Stylebook: single space

Interinstitutional Style Guide: single space
kwb1970
on 05/24/15
IanNewYasha liked this  
It used to be 2, but now it is one. I follow the current rules.
BicycleLife1
on 05/24/15
IanNewYasha liked this  
Only one space after a period always looks wrong to me.
KylaSedai
on 05/24/15
LittleVoice and 1 others liked this  
I was always taught 2, but now apparently only weird people use 2, so I try to do 1. Don't always remember, though.
BattyJanice
on 05/24/15
LittleVoice and 4 others liked this  
does it really matter i mean i wish some people would just use capitalization and punctuation marks sometimes because they type their comments like this and only use the 2 spaces to indicate the end of a sentence or thought when or if they bother to think about it but most of the time their comments look like this one which makes people crazy and then there r ths tht use txt type 4 e-thing 2 whch is a pita imho i h8 e-1 who does tht

;-)
PrettyEvil
on 05/24/15
thymebug and 5 others liked this  
.-.././-/.----./...//--./---//-.../.-/-.-./-.-//-/---//--/---/.-./..././/-.-./---/-.././.-.-.--..-.////

(let's go back to morse code)
BattyJanice
on 05/24/15
XD
blythburgh
on 05/24/15
one or two depends
datsamegui
on 05/24/15
was first taught with two, but apparently that teacher was the only teacher in the whole school that did it like that, i think it looks neater though
Mozenrath
on 05/24/15
1, as well as putting a space after punctuation, for ease of reading.
CaliaB
on 05/24/15
RingoDave liked this  
When I was a child, it was two spaces but as tech advanced it became clear that only one space was necessary.
kimble24
on 05/24/15
When I was a kid and I learned how to type, the rule was definitely two spaces. But now, because of the digital revolution and online printing, editors' manuals/guidelines are requesting one space only.
hoobobba
on 05/24/15
GWENGAIL and 4 others liked this  
I was always taught two spaces. Though the new rule says one space, I will still continue to use two spaces.
zephyr359
on 05/24/15
Same here.

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