|     MARKET                   |
|                              |
|                wow           |
|               O              |
| look at      /|\             |
| my thing     / \      so     |
|   O__▣               O cool  |
|  /|         such    /|\      |
|  / \       O thing  / \      |
|           /|\                |
|           / \                |
|                              |

Source: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/457130/63734

Why does the cause issues for the spacing?


I now realize this might be local to my Windows 7 computer.


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Internet Explorer:

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    That character doesn't cause issues here (see i.stack.imgur.com/irf64.png). If you are seeing issues it's more likely that the font it's being rendered in doesn't have that character so is being replaced with a different font. – Cai Jul 24 '18 at 16:55
  • @Cai Hmm, that could be it. See my update with web browser screenshots – MonkeyZeus Jul 24 '18 at 17:11

I copied the original text from the link and pasted it in InDesign, defining Andale Mono as a font .

Activating the Hidden Characters I discover there's a different character than a regular space in the middle:

hidden characters

It is a Sixth Space, probably put there because the square character does not belong to the font as @Cai said in his comment.

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Replacing the Sixth Space for a Regular Space, the issue disappears, even without having the special character at the font:


If you have not InDesign, use an Online Hidden Characters Viewer like http://show-hidden-characters.dostring.com/

Here the result:


  • very strange... that sixth space absolutely isn't there when I copy/paste the text in the question – Cai Jul 24 '18 at 17:18
  • @Cai Did you try in InDesign? Not all the programs show all the Hidden Characters, Word and Illustrator doesn't show the Sixth Space, just a blank space. – user120647 Jul 24 '18 at 17:22
  • I did (I did try Illustrator first but I did then try InDesign when it didn't show in AI). Maybe it's a browser or OS thing and something is stripping it from the text before I copy it. – Cai Jul 24 '18 at 17:24
  • I add an online hidden characters result at the answer – user120647 Jul 24 '18 at 17:31
  • It doesn't show there either! Either by browser or OS must be stripping it from the text – Cai Jul 24 '18 at 17:36

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