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monospacing

Refers to fonts in which each character has the same width. The opposite of monospacing is proportional spacing, in which different characters have different widths. For example, in a proportionally spaced font, the letter o would be wider than the letter i. Proportionally spaced fonts look more professional, but monospaced fonts are often superior for tabular data because the uniform width of each character makes alignment of columns easier.

Most printed matter, including this book, uses proportional spacing.







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