RE: Difference between EM QUAD and EM SPACE

From: Jonathan Coxhead (
Date: Mon Jul 10 2000 - 18:36:45 EDT

   In TeX, the difference is that an EM QUAD (\qquad) and an EN QUAD
(\quad) provide spaces that are legitimate breakpoints for lines within a
paragraph; while EM SPACE, EN SPACE (\enspace) and THIN SPACE (\thinspace)
produce horizontal space that cannot cause a line-break.

   My assumption on reading the Unicode standard was that this was the
intention---though it is not spelled out anywhere. Maybe a clarification
would be worthwhile. If so, the fact that TeX is so widely implemented and
used---at least within the arena of technical documents---might make it
worthwhile to preserve those characteristics.

 o o o (_|/

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.2 : Tue Jul 10 2001 - 17:21:05 EDT