This may fall into the category of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but I don’t think so. Apparently there is a raging debate over whether one space should follow a period or if there should be two. As you can tell from reading this so far, I fall into the “two-space” camp. But for a passionate opposing argument, see this article in Slate magazine.
This came to my attention recently when I noticed that some of the younger staffers here use only one space after a period in the copy they draft for me to read on the teleprompter. When I edit their copy, I always add a second space. It’s how I was taught, but more importantly, I find it easier to read. But apparently, this is a debate that transcends generations. Some younger folks use two, some older folks use one. For me, though, my preference primarily has to do with visual clarity. A test: which was easier to read, this paragraph or the first?
How about you, which do you prefer and why?