Allow a non-breaking space to stretched in justified paragraph

Raphael Daudelin's picture

Does anyone knows if there is a way to allow a non-breaking space to stretch, so it fit the width of a normal space that is on the same line in a justified paragraph in InDesign?

kentlew's picture

Instead of using the Type > Insert White Space > Nonbreaking Space character, highlight a regular space and apply "No Break" from the flyout menu of the Character palette (or flyout menu from Control panel when in Character mode).

-- K.

emenninga's picture

In InDesign CS 3 we added support for a character to represent non-stretching non-breaking spaces because the original implementation (non-breaking spaces don't stretch) was incorrect. The option is in the same Type > menu:
* Non-breaking space - u00A0 (NO-BREAK SPACE)
* Non-breaking, non-stretching space - u202F (NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE)
We didn't strecth u00A0 in the beginning because the work-around that Kent describes was considered workable. However, especially in the Czech & Polish market, this method of applying the no-break attribute didn't fit well into the workflow of importing external documents because around 10-20% of the spaces needed to be this type. The CE version of InDesign had changed the non-breaking space (u00A0) behavior for these languages.
When converting an earlier document we replace u00A0 with u202F to preserve the original behavior.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Great news!

Raphael Daudelin's picture

Thanks a lot

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