When my mum taught me how to touch type when I was 10, she used her big ol’ typewriter. Do you remember those bloody big things? You’d have to punch the keys really hard to type anything.

It was so exhausting!

Because I’m so old (ha!) I come from the school of typing two spaces after a full stop. Something that I’ve stuck to pretty religiously in my working life. Even though typing just one space after a full stop seems to have become the norm nowadays.

After a debate in the office about whether one or two spaces was correct, I took to Facebook to find out what you guys thought.

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And, well, yes! Lots of answers! But I did some counting and it was actually a pretty even split. I did notice though, that you’re all pretty passionate about your choice. Hell yeah! I love me a passionate crew.

But I was still torn about which answer is actually right. One space or two?

So I did some research (hooray for the internet!) to find the answers.

Australia’s official source for all things formatting is Style manual: for authors, editors and printers (sounds like and exciting read, right?). And the 2002 (i.e. most recent) edition of the style manual says:

double spacing is now avoided because it can create distracting gaps on a page.

So there you have it! if you’re in Australia, you should be typing one space after your full stops. The only exception to this would be any internal style guide that’s used at your work.

If you want to make sure you don’t any double spaces in your documents, just do a find+replace for “.  “ (full stop with two spaces) to “. “ (full stop with one space).

Were you taught to type one or two spaces after a full stop?

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