nbsp is something you should never see.
You should never see it, because it’s part of HTML – the programing and layout language that web pages and email can be written in. When rendered properly, it should appear as a space.
It is, more correctly, (including the ampersand and semicolon), and stands for “non-breaking space”. It’s a space used between two words that indicates that they cannot be broken apart. For instance, a writer might not want to allow text like “World War II”, or “17 kg”, or “T.S. Eliot” to be separated by a line break.
This, and other HTML “character entities”, as they’re called, will appear if some or all of the HTML code isn’t being interpreted correctly when being displayed.« Back to Glossary Index