Bob and I got in an argument! I know! I can barely believe it myself. But don't you worry, it was nothing of a serious nature...at least intellectuals would tell you it was petty. I beg to differ, smarty pants!
Here's how the story goes:
I was online updating my resume for a number of reasons, and while Bob and I were proofreading it, he took my double space after a period and deleted it. Whoa, whoa, whoa! I had a minor freak out. What did he think he was doing? You ALWAYS leave two spaces after a period, don't you? According to Bob, you only leave one space after a period.
One! No Two! Dude, it's One! Nooooo, I totally remember being taught that the proper way is TWOO! ONE! TWO!
One? Two? One? Two? Ugh! Who is right?
Time to consult the all-knowing being of greatness: The Internet. Too bad that didn't help at all! Some places said one, others said two. But the main argument rested on these two points:
Two spaces were originally used for typewriters. The typewriters had mono spaced fonts, and you needed the two spaces for the eye to pick up a new sentence. Also, two spaces tends to be more pleasing to the eye. Nowadays, fonts are adjusted, and one space is sufficient. With publishing companies, space is money, and those extra spaces after a period need to go! Also, many computer programs will only put one space after a period no matter what you type.
So, alas, we came to no answer. I can't seem to stop typing without my trusty two-spaced break after a sentence, and Bob is stern that I'm wasting a precious space.
So what do you think? One space or two? Personally, I like to think that a little space never hurts.