In response to a post we made to the APA Style Blog questioning the Manual’s change to two spaces, Sarah Wiederkehr responded, “You have hit the proverbial nail on the head – improved readability was the impetus behind the new ‘two spaces after a period’ style recommendation in the Publication Manual. Believe it or not, there is a strong faction of readers out there who prefer this spacing; in fact, many in the legal community require it” (link).
Leaving aside the question of what it means that “many” in the legal community require two spaces, we wonder how strong the faction favoring two spaces is in the community that uses APA style. Admittedly, we’ve only talked to a few of our colleagues so far, but none has thought the change to be for the better. In fact, most have been dismayed.
John & Dan