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Tip of the Week: Using Discretionary Line Breaks

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InDesign treats special white space characters (such as em and en spaces) as nonbreaking. This can cause awkward breaks in some situations.

If you want to allow them to break at the end of the line, insert a Discretionary Line Break (from the Insert Break Character submenu, under the Type menu).

Not only will the awkward break be fixed…


…you’ll also be covered if the text is edited and you need the en space or em space to do its job.

Mike Rankin

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