RE: Difference between EM QUAD and EM SPACE

From: John Hudson (
Date: Sat Jul 08 2000 - 20:26:50 EDT

At 03:21 PM 7/7/2000 -0800, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

>P.S. Donald Figge is right about the non-fixed nature of the 'fixed width'
>em (or en). Em and en measurement is adjusted by the expansion factor
>of expanded (or condensed) fonts.

Er, yes, if you're mechanically expanding or condensing a font on the fly,
as provided for in CSS and elsewhere, but doing this to a font will earn
you time in typographical purgatory. Just because you can, doesn't mean you
should. If you are using an actual condensed or expanded font, the em and
en will remain equal to the point size, and all the type designers living
and dead will smile on you. Amen.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

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