How Strong a Faction?

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


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6 responses to “How Strong a Faction?

  1. Other worldly! Maybe space cadets somehow got control of the manual.

  2. I think I’ll just follow the convention of one space following a sentence-ending punctuation mark and let editorial powers that be add a space if they want. I’m too old for this foolishness.

    • Aaron

      Sing it, brother! I’m not about to anger my space bar with the additional abuse.

      I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one that views the new convention as some sort of unintentional hallucination on the APA’s part.

  3. Erica

    “Many” in the legal community prefer it because they must very often use Courier New font. It’s monospaced.

  4. I tend not to create a leave a response, however after looking at a few of the remarks here How
    Strong a Faction? | Is An Extra Space a Waste?.
    I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it look like like a few of these remarks look as if they are coming from brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are writing on additional sites, I would like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Would you post a list of the complete urls of all your shared sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  5. michesubs

    As an education instructor, I cringe at the thought of only one space after periods. I sometimes receive papers from my graduate students with only one space, despite the APA requirement; it takes forever to wade through those papers. They are much harder to read, no matter which font is used. Now you have someone from the APA community who thinks that the loss of that extra space would be disasterous.

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