Term:nbsp [nonbreaking space]« Back to Glossary Index
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.
|In Unicode||U+00A0 NO-BREAK SPACE (HTML |
|See also||U+0020 SPACE (HTML |
Other types of spaces
In word processing and digital typesetting, a non-breaking space, , also called NBSP, required space, hard space, or fixed space (though it is not of fixed width), is a space character that prevents an automatic line break at its position. In some formats, including HTML, it also prevents consecutive whitespace characters from collapsing into a single space.
Non-breaking space characters with other widths also exist.