Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

One Space Or Two?

“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.” ― Isaac Marion

As we all know, CPA firms are very traditional, conservative, accurate, professional, and so on. We also know that they are slow to change and adapt.

That is why I wonder if CPA firms have switched to one space after a period. From my correspondence with many CPA firms, I have noticed that two spaces after a period are still widely used.

From Thesaurus.com – According to every major style guide you’ll find, the rule is a single space after a period or any other punctuation mark you use to end a sentence. Even the APA, the staunchest defender of the double space over the decades, changed its stance on the issue in 2019.

From Instructional Solutions.com:

UPDATE: As of April 24, 2020, Microsoft has settled the great space debate and sided with everyone who believes one space after a period is correct, not two. The software giant has started to update Microsoft Word to highlight two spaces after a period as an error and to offer a correction to one space. Microsoft recently started testing this change with the desktop version of Word, offering suggestions through the Editor capabilities of the app.

Additionally, the American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual, after decades of recommending two spaces changed their recommendation to one space in its most recent update in October 2019.

If your administrative team is having this debate, Instructional Solutions has a great article showing how two spaces became the norm and why it has evolved to one space over many years.

I learned to type on a typewriter, and after SO many years of typing, two spaces is a habit that is difficult to break. I am working on it but occasionally notice a two-space mistake in my writing.

Anything coming from a CPA firm must be correct. You all know that and have established many levels of review to guarantee accuracy. Be sure your firm is viewed as progressive and accurate and not stuck in the past.

  • "Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites, representing nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college."
  • Kurt Vonnegut

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