proportional spacing


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proportional spacing

[prə′pȯr·shən·əl ′spās·iŋ]
(graphic arts)
Spacing in which each character occupies space according to its width.
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proportional spacing

Alphabetic character spacing based on the width of each letter in a font. For example, an I takes up less horizontal space than an M. Proportional spacing is commonly used for almost all text. In this encyclopedia, the default text is a proportional typeface, and tables are "monospaced," in which all characters have the same fixed width. See kerning.


Proportional vs. Monospaced
In proportional spacing, the I takes up less horizontal space than the M as in the word "immersive." Note the white space before and after the I in the monospaced letters "siv."
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The Monospaced fonts are a must for tables as proportional spacing causes severe distortion.
With PTR, the information from the character and proportional spacing tables for 6,37 (micro) was inserted into 8,25 (mu).

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