Microsoft Word, long considered the most used and reliable document processor, now flags double spaces between sentences, as an error…
There’s long been a debate about the number of spaces that should follow a sentence — one or two. Though not the most important thing in life, it’s caused quite an argument to rage among writers and editors of all kinds. Now, it appears that a software corporation has settled said debate with an update to Microsoft Word.
Microsoft Word Now Flags Double-Spaces between Sentences as an Error
With the change, Microsoft Word flags two spaces after a period ending a sentence as an error. Just one space between sentences doesn’t trigger the error. So, it appears Microsoft has taken upon itself to essentially officiate and ultimately decide on the proper protocol.
However, this doesn’t mean that fervent two-spacers are totally being shamed. They can simply elect to ignore the suggestion. The Editor feature inside the Word program gives users the ability to ignore the suggestion one time, change to one space, or just turn off the writing-style suggestion altogether.
Kirk Gregersen, partner director of program management at Microsoft, wrote in a statement to The Verge:
“As the crux of the great spacing debate, we know this is a stylistic choice that may not be the preference for all writers, which is why we continue to test with users and enable these suggestions to be easily accepted, ignored, or flat out dismissed in Editor.”