WordPress has a new thing going on, encouraging everyone to either post everyday or once a week. While I would like to (and probably should) post every day, I know I won’t quite make that mark, simply because I’m not always at a computer where I can post (I don’t have mobile access). So I decided to commit to the post-a-week challenge. I need to get better about keeping this site up-to-date if I want to keep anything like a loyal fanbase.
There was an interesting article on Slate.com a week or two ago, about the fact that the double-space after the period is not correct. Rather, it was an adaptation to a typewriter font problem, which no longer exists. But in terms of English-grammar rules, double-spaces are not required (or expected).
Once the article pointed out the fact two spaces after every period looks wrong, I started noticing it too. It’s especially ugly (too much whitespace) in documents which are fully-justified–like my book and all the legal documents I prepare at work. It’s not as noticeable (I don’t think) on computer screens as it is in print; the excessive whitespace was much more noticeable in the proof copy of my book.
I ended up doing a find/replace of every double space in my book, and I replaced it with a single space. I have to admit, it’s taking some getting used to–only putting one space after a period when typing–but I’m working on it.