I am saving CorelDraw files as AI files, and bringing them into Adobe Illustrator. I am then a text element.
When I'm creating a text element, spaces have no width, so "hello world" looks like "helloworld". There is a space, but it doesn't take up width. Even putting 10 spaces in a row cause no actual space to be taken up. This only happens with CorelDraw files that I saved as AI files and opening in Illustrator. Existing text from the old file does not have this issue, even when adding text to those elements. When I start a new project in illustrator, text on a path behaves as expected.
What I've tried
I've tried changing several settings both when saving the CorelDraw file as AI, and when bringing in the AI file. I've set the compatibility when saving the CorelDraw to both newer and older versions. I've tried with and without legacy artboard. I have tried different fonts. None of this has changed the behavior of spaces not taking up space.
I have searched google and the graphic design stack exchange, but have not found any relevant information.
UPDATE: Discovered this was not path specific, so removed references to doing this on a path. It applies to all new text elements.