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To space, or not to space, that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to place the copyright statement in the footer of an application, or somewhere else, is beside the point. What I want to know is: regardless of where one places it, is there a best practice, convention, or standard that states whether or not one should put a space between the copyright symbol © and the year?


Example with space


© 2014 Some Company, Inc.


Example without space


©2014 Some Company, Inc.


I'm not looking for opinions, but I figured I'd give mine. My personal opinion is that my eye is immediately drawn to the "with space" option as a cleaner solution; the "without space" option somehow just doesn't look right to me.

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I'm not sure this is a UX question. Maybe better asked on GD. That said, the symbol is the replacement for the word, and you'd certainly have a space after the word so...yes, space. –  DA01 Jan 23 at 22:19
    
Awesome how these kind of questions govern our days as UI/UX people. Love this gig. –  Dirk v B Jan 23 at 23:17
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Just when you think about first-world-problems, this has GOT to be at the top. Take that bit however you want, the "love this gig" was genuine :] –  Dirk v B Jan 24 at 0:08
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@DirkvB - Yea, we could be here all day with first world problem talk. This was actually a question debated at my work today. LoL. That's why I posted it. –  Code Maverick Jan 24 at 4:39
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about type setting, not UX. Type setting can be argued to have an influence on UX, but IMHO, that does not justify the question here. –  André Jan 24 at 13:23

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A poke around Google suggests that most guides on usage of the symbol agree with your intuition. This article emphasizes that you should use a non-breaking space to avoid the symbol and the copyright holder being on two different lines or pages. Their reasoning is as follows:

Must you put a space af­ter the copy­right sym­bol? No, but se­man­ti­cal­ly, it makes good sense. The © di­rect­ly re­places the word copyright, so it should be spaced like any oth­er word.

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When you think of it in terms of replacing the word, copyright, it just makes sense. –  Code Maverick Jan 23 at 20:27

I've never seen the sign without a space after it, but anyway, in the chapter on copyrights, the Oxford Guide to Style has a space after the symbol.

It is perhaps worth mentioning that the symbol is not a requirement, nor does it have any legal significance. Legacy has it that it is used to denote a copyrighted material.

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The rule I've always used was Copyright or © but not both. –  Code Maverick Jan 23 at 22:54

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