How do i write blank spaces?

Posted on 2003-11-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-09
How do i write blank spaces in HTML?
I know   works but if I want 10 spaces it looks ugly
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ID: 9773123
Some folks create a gif of the appropriate size & insert that.
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seanpowell earned 20 total points
ID: 9773236
THere's a number of ways to handle that - it depends on the situation and the frequency. For simple issues, you can use:

Give me a <span style="width:100px;">&nbsp;</span>really big space.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9773302
The width property doesn't apply to <span> elements (with their default display). A bug in MSIE lets authors get away with it.

There are several techniques which might be considered good, but are dependent on the context.

Why do you want blank spaces? (Show us the data you are trying to layout)
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ID: 9774459
<span style="white-space:pre">          </span>

Expert Comment

ID: 9775304
you really should use 10 &nbsp; for what you want, if you want to have a 10 space on the same paragraph or something like that you may use margin-left css property, <blockquote>TEXT</blockquote>, white css borders, etc...

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ID: 9775613
&nbsp; is the normal way, or you can use CSS letter-spacing: or word-spacing:
<span style="word-spacing:0.6em">Bonjour Hola! Servus</span>
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Expert Comment

ID: 9776903
* &nbsp; is not something you should use (for this)
* Blockquote is something you certainly should not use unless its a quote
* margin might be apropriate - but it depends on the data that you are trying to lay out
* &nbsp; is only the "normal" way becuse its a quick hack that 'works' in some places.

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ID: 9776963
you wan use <pre>
I have 10 spaces after this.<pre>          </pre>. Did you see them?
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Expert Comment

ID: 9779021
As others have remarked, it really depends upon the context.

Using a div or span purely for the purpose of adding spacing is bad use of markup.

> I know &nbsp; works but if I want 10 spaces it looks ugly

How it looks in source is immaterial.

There are many alternatives -- for instance, if you are wanting to provide indentation of a paragraph, then, yes, inserting ten nonbreaking spaces is quite ugly when you can use something like p { text-indent:3.5em;} instead.

Please tell us precisely what it is you're wanting to do and why.

Expert Comment

ID: 9787139


There's loads of ways to do this, the best one depends on where you need the space and why.  Most of the options have already been covered, but I'll just add one more.  To add 10 characters worth of spacing after some text, try this:

<span style="margin-right:10em">
This text has 10 chars of spacing to the right
This text appears after the spacing.

Good luck!
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ID: 9791390
Thanks - glad to help.

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