Re: Unicode reference fonts

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Fri Jul 31 1998 - 11:27:34 EDT

>Ar 04:34 -0700 1998-07-30, scríobh Mark H. David:
>>>Similarly, few font designers know that it is very good practice
>>>to give all digits the same width as the space character, because
>>>this makes tables look much better.
>>Huh? What font designers don't know this? Maybe software
>>engineers don't, but real font designers?

Unicode includes a character called FIGURE SPACE. *THAT* is the space that
should match the digits in width, so that the designer is free to make
SPACE (U+0020) the appropriate width for interword space (should the two

FIGURE SPACE also has the property of being part of a numeric expression,
it does not interrupt a number for formatting purposes. Kind of nice so one
doesn't end up with a line break in languages that use spaces to group digits.


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