Re: Fixed Width Spaces (was: Printing and Displaying DependentVowels)

From: fantasai (
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 15:27:52 EST

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    Peter Kirk wrote:
    > Louis<THREE-PER-EM SPACE>XVI may have lost his head, but we don't want
    > his number also to fall off on to the next line, or even to become too
    > far separated from his name. We need to know what kind of space to use
    > to resist the guillotine!


    You should not rely on fixed-width spaces to approximate regular spaces.
    A simple switch from Arial Narrow to Verdana will demonstrate why: the
    widths of normal spaces and non-breaking spaces are related to the width
    of the fonts' glyphs, whereas the width of a fixed-width space is related
    to the /height/ of the glyphs.


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