Hey Everyone,

I just ran into a pretty cool discovery about using spaces in both Quark and Indesign. Apparently there are a bunch of different types. Here is a list of them with their key commands (Mac version) for Quark. Indesign uses a different set which I feel isn’t as easy, but with Indesign you can choose the spaces from a list which I think is very helpful if you don’t happen to remember all the types of spaces.

Nonbreaking Standard Space Cmd-Space or control-Space
Breaking en-Space Option-Space
Nonbreaking en-Space Cmd-Option-Space
Breaking Flexible-Space Option-Shift-Space
Nonbreaking Flexible-Space Cmd-Option-Shift-Space
Breaking Punctuation Space Shift-Space
Nonbreaking Punctuation Space Cmd-Shift-Space

The one I ran into was the nonbreaking space using control-space. You can also use the cmd-space if you shut off the hots keys used for spotlight. Basically what the nonbreaking space does is what ever 2 sets of copy you want to stick together you would put a nonbreaking space. This works great with names First and Last. A lot of the projects I work on have author names, and with nonbreaking spaces I can keep their first and last name together one one line with out it line breaking.

Another type of spacing that I ran into which I think will help greatly with justified copy is Breaking Punctuation Space with Shift+Space. Have you ever worked with a justified text box and the spaces ended up becoming really big and making that 1 line have less copy then the rest. Well this will help keep the spacing close together rather then spreading everything far apart from each other. I’ve also heard this type of space being called “Soft Spacing”. This will help so you wont have to play around with kerning or line breaking as much. There are still some issues with this when you try to use more then 1 in 1 line, but it can be resolved with a soft return.

Now in Indesign there aren’t any good key commands to use these spacing techniques, but it’s easy enough to find the list of them and choose to use them that way. In Indesign these spaces are called white space. You can get to these options by clicking Type > Insert White Space or you can Right click > Insert White Space. Indesign seems to have a few more options with spacing.

I’m still playing around with the other types of spacing and I’ll let you all know what they do when I figure it out. Other wise I welcome posts from you guys explaining what each post does. I hope this helps, and it should give you greater control in spacing copy. Also if you have any questions about these just let me know and I’ll try to help.

-Joe R