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How many spaces should there be between a full stop and a new sentence?
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As a professional DTP person, I originally learnt, when learning to type, to have two spaces after a full stop, one after other punctuation. I then read a publication by Adobe, which explained that in the days of monospaced typewriters it was necessary to have two spaces after a full stop because all the letters were the same width, but in modern proportional fonts and on computers it is better to have just one space, as the DTP and WP programs will make text look just fine with one space after a full stop, as the spacing between letters is automatically determined (kerning) and adjusted so that everything looks proportionally spaced. To have 2 spaces after a full stop gives a very large space which looks out of proportion with the rest of the text.
Thus, there should be only 1 space, unless you are typing on an old typewriter with a monospaced font.
I realised straight away that the publication by Adobe (about typography) was correct and I changed immediately to putting just 1 space after a full stop instead of 2. It's a case of how professional you want things to look. 2 spaces looks amateurish, 1 space looks professional. Just about all professionally produced publications I see now have 1 space after a full stop. This is the publishing norm so should be followed, I believe, in all publications.

Also, Jean made a mistake with the quote marks, in that she wrote "norm." at the end of her sentence. The full stop should go at the end of the sentence, the quote marks should go around the word being quoted, otherwise you are quoting the word norm with a full stop as part of the quote, and the sentence itself has no full stop as such.

Now, back to the number of spaces. It is interesting to note that in very old books, they tended to add as many spaces as they wanted after a full stop. To us today this looks ridiculous, sometimes half a line would be space after a full stop. But back in those days when everything was set manually by hand for the printing presses, they had to put in extra spaces somewhere to justify the text, so they did it after full stops, and I suppose there were times when a line was altered, and so either the extra space was used up or extra space added in to avoid having to reset all lines after that one.

In the modern times, we use HTML for webpages. HTML converts multiple spaces into one single space, allowing for many spaces within the HTML coding to make layout of the coding clearer for HTML programmers, and so if you put 2 spaces into a post here, it gets displayed as 1 space, just as if you put in 20 spaces, it would come out as 1 space.

I also did a quick search on Google and found a few websites that were stating their style guidelines and all said to put just one space after a full stop, not two.
I was going to post this fact, but kingdavid already hit it. This is just a highlight so that it is more visible:

HTML converts multiple spaces into one single space, allowing for many spaces within the HTML coding to make layout of the coding clearer for HTML programmers, and so if you put 2 spaces into a post here, it gets displayed as 1 space, just as if you put in 20 spaces, it would come out as 1 space.

If you must have multiple spaces in an HTML page, you should use the non-breaking space, AKA

Thus, typing three s in a webpage will add three intentional spaces.
Just like this. The only problem is this forum doesn't allow the to work, but I guarantee you the rest of the Web will.
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one space between full stop and a new sentence
Two spaces are needed, so as to distinguish the end of a sentence from an abbreviation contained within a sentence.

Right: I wake, at 4 a.m. I go to Madrid on the train.
Wrong: I wake, at 4 a.m. I go to Madrid on the train.

Nathan.
i think there should be one space between full stop and a new sentence
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For those of us who have been typing for years and have always been putting two spaces after our full stops, we ought to continue doing so, because if we try to update our style, our texts will likely end up with inconsistencies (we'll inadvertently type two spaces after some sentences out of habit).

Anyway, given that our word processing programs kern our text for us, the differences in spacing appear minimal (be sure to not "wrap trailing spaces" in Word, though). This whole thread is therefore moot. Consistency throughout a text is more important.

And if ever we do choose to use courier font or write in notepad, the two space rule from typewriter days actually does come in handy. So it's a useful habit after all!
Is this sentece like headlilne correct? thx u for reply
Material culture in the instances of small metal, bone, and ceramic articles in Jihlava microregion in the 13th - 15th century
As you say, it's a headline or a title, not a sentence.

I'm stuck on "in the instances of." What do you think about "Material culuture as represented [or demonstrated] by" intead?
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It's five years since this comment was posted, so I guess it's safe to declare it old fashioned! Using two spaces after a full point is old fashioned - it dates back to typing pool days. The correct method is to use just one space - this increases readability.
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