One of the consistent habits that I have while typing is adding the dreaded double space after each sentence. In the days of using a typewriter, this was necessary; but with word processing programs that space fonts evenly, it is not needed. I grew up writing my term papers and reports on a typewriter. I did not have or use a computer for them until college. We’re talking old school here folks.
So, why am I telling you about this? Well, for starters, I need to get into the habit of doing so on my manuscript for my book. I am going to be doing a lot of editing unless I can run it through a filter or adjust my space bar double-tapping ways. (Rule #2 was for more than zombies don’t you know.)
Secondly, for my website – especially with my posts – I have found an excellent little WP Plugin that will take the guesswork out counting spaces between sentences and do it for you. It’s called — and this is genius — Remove Double Space. It does as the name implies. It does not edit your post by removing the extra space. Instead if formats the output that the viewer sees.
Now you asked why this was even worth the bother? Well, take for instance my site. If I have a double space between sentences and a new sentence starts on a new line in my paragraph, I end up having a one space indention along the margin of the paragraph. I don’t know about you, but this looks odd and bugs the ever living heck out of me.
I can imagine there are other old school typists out there who feel the same way that I do when they look at the format of their posts and want to pull their hair out because the dreaded double space is rearing its ugly head, destroying all efforts of pristine formatting.
You can search for the plugin through your plugin manager in WordPress or download and install it manually through the link above.