One space or two spaces after a full stop?
"One space or two spaces after a full stop? Scientists have finally found the answer"This made me smile...
Three psychology researchers from Skidmore College, decided it is time for modern science to sort this out once and for all.
“Professionals and amateurs in a variety of fields have passionately argued for either one or two spaces following this punctuation mark,” they wrote in a paper published last week in the journal Attention, Perception and Psychophysics.
They cite dozens of theories and previous research, arguing for one space or two. A 2005 study that found two spaces reduced lateral interference in the eye and helped reading. A 2015 study that found the opposite. A 1998 experiment that suggested it did not matter.
“However,” they wrote, “to date, there has been no direct empirical evidence in support of these claims, nor in favour of the one space convention.”
The study’s authors concluded that two spacers in the digital age actually have science on their side and more research should be done to “investigate why reading is facilitated when periods are followed by two spaces”.
“But no sooner did the paper publish than the researchers discovered that science does not necessarily govern matters of the space bar. Ms Johnson told Lifehacker that she and her co-authors submitted the paper with two spaces after each period - as was proper. And the journal deleted all the extra spaces anyway.”
So, one or two?