The browser and spaces after periods

A great thread on Facebook started by my friend Elisa Camahort Page.

She pointed to a Slate piece by Farhad Manjoo (another friend!) that says you should never put two spaces after a period that ends a sentence. I certainly agree, and while I was taught by my typing teacher in 7th grade, Mr Corwin, to type two spaces, I learned later in life this was a mistake.

Anyway, I pointed out that the web agrees. You can type as many spaces after periods as you like, the browser will only show one.

I demo’d this with a comment, and added four spaces after each period. The browser only showed one space, even though Facebook dutifully sent four.

I love it when technology gets something right. 😉

I suggested giving Tim Berners-Lee a big hug next time you see him. Or it might have been Marc Andreessen who made this call.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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