for something like 15 and a half would you add a space after 15 or put the fraction right after the number with no space? i'm using the fraction glyphs in Indy and sometimes they look OK without a space other times they look too crowded. I figured this would be the place to ask rather than what the sales manager thinks
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- Jun 2011
I tend not include a space, if they look crowded I'll kern them out from the whole number a bit. The reason I wouldn't leave a space is because fractions are normally found in dimensions and they can be difficult to decipher with the spaces.
However, if you are typing your fractions like "1/2" instead of using a fraction character then I would include a space.Last edited by kemingMatters; 12-07-2012, 01:07 PM.
- Aug 2006
Head Chee of Derpistan
- Jan 2008
ok kerning was going to be my plan of attack but i just wanted to get a few other opinions on it. much appreciated as always!!!
I'd use a non-breaking space - as then it doesn't have the potential to split over two lines.
And a non-breaking space is a similar width as a sixth or thin space.
Other than that you could probably code a GREP style to increase the space between the number and the fraction.
hmmm sixth space and non-breaking space, didn't know about those guys. the sixth space looks to be a little bit less than a non-breaking space so i might go with that. learn something new everyday!! thanks so much for the quick responses guys!!
- Jul 2009
Living the dream
- Jan 2011
The 6th space seems to do the trick.
i had it with decimal points but the powers that be wanted fractions, said it looks more "up scale." hit those keys pc monkey or you get no banana!!!
Don't forget with a sixth space you have the potential for a the fraction to drop to the next line!
Consider adding a grep style to your fractions to make them non-breaking
Something like this seems to work -
Oh that Square thing - you can use ~% instead - it just copies the sixth space like that, but the grep code is ~%
im confused as to what you mean by "drop to the next line?" is this. here is a sample of the line of text i am using this on.
Folded length: 15 ½" Arc: 43"
how would that drop to the next line if there is text after the fraction?