Re: Thin Space?

Subject: Re: Thin Space?
From: "Simon North" <north -at- synopsys -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 14:04:23 -0800


A thin space is a 1/5th of an em space (the width of the letter m in that particular font). In practical
terms, it's about the width of a comma. It's often used for fine typographic control and especially
with foreign languages and typesetting math.

The advantage of using typographic spaces (em, en, thin, hair and so on) is that they are relative
to the font being used, rather than being absolute. No two fonts have the same horizontal or
vertical dimensions, and so it's easier to keep the proportions right using relative sizes.

There's a pretty reasonable dictionary at:

Simon North.

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