NBSP supposed to stretch, right?

Shriramana Sharma via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Fri Dec 20 05:55:17 CST 2019

On 12/17/19, Asmus Freytag via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> On 12/17/2019 2:41 AM, Shriramana Sharma via Unicode wrote:
>> On Tue 17 Dec, 2019, 16:09 QSJN 4 UKR via Unicode, <unicode at unicode.org>
>> wrote:
>>> «The no-break space is not the same character as the figure space. The
>>> figure space is not a character defined in most computer system's
>>> current code pages. In some fonts this character's width has been
>>> defined as equal to the figure width. This is an incorrect usage of
>>> the character no-break space.»
>> Sorry but I don't understand how this addresses the issue I raised.
> You don't?
> In principle it may be true that NBSP is not fixed width, but show me
> software that doesn't treat it that way.
> In HTML, NBSP isn't subject to space collapse, therefore it's the go-to
> space character when you need some extra spacing that doesn't disappear.

So I never asked for NBSP to disappear. I said I want it to *stretch*.
And to my mind "stretch" means to become wider than one's normal
width. It doesn't include decreasing or disappearing width.

I don't expect NBSP to ever disappear, because spaces disappear only
at linebreaks, and NBSP simply doesn't stand at linebreaks.

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