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Dot, period, full stop, and point share some similarities but are not entirely the same. Their meanings and usage depend on the context:
In modern writing conventions, the general rule for spacing before and after a full stop (or period) is as follows:
Correct: "This is a sentence. Here is another sentence."
Incorrect: "This is a sentence .Here is another sentence ."
In general, a dot (.) can be considered a special character, as it has specific functions and meanings in various contexts. Here are some examples of how a dot is used as a special character:
Whether you should say "dot" or "period" depends on the context in which you're using the term:
The practice of putting two spaces after a period (or full stop) originated in the era of typewriters. Typewriters used monospaced fonts, which allocated the same width to each character. In monospaced fonts, narrow characters like "i" and "l" took up the same space as wider characters like "m" and "w." As a result, the text appeared more spaced out, making it harder to distinguish the end of one sentence and the beginning of another.
To improve readability, typists adopted the convention of adding two spaces after a period to create a more apparent separation between sentences. This practice continued even after the transition to digital word processors and computers.However, with the widespread use of proportional fonts in modern word processing software and digital text, where each character occupies only the space it needs, the need for double spaces after a period has diminished. Most style guides and modern writing conventions now recommend using a single space after a period to maintain consistent spacing and improve the visual appearance of the text.