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  • noun A metal block used to separate words, one fifth of an em in width.
  • noun typography In digital text, a character representing a thin space.


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1683, thin + space.


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  • Yay! Now I have the thin space on my keyboard. I had never been able to find out its keysym, but this page divulged it: 0x0aa7! Hooray!

    Here on Wordie one can just use   by the way.

    August 27, 2009

  • Is this used for kerning? What about 0x0aa8 (hair space)?

    August 27, 2009

  • I only know about the hair space in conjunction with em dashes, but I don’t use them there. The thin space however is very useful in German as all abbreviations of more than two letters that are separated by dots need it after the dots, e.g.: “z. B.�? (e.g.)

    The Duden standard is to use a standard space if a thin space is unavailable, yet people often put no space at all, even on magazine covers...

    August 27, 2009