[texhax] default length of a space

Lars Madsen daleif at math.au.dk
Tue Nov 4 13:03:37 CET 2014

isn't it a feature of the font?

it might be stored in 


see TeX By Topic (http://www.eijkhout.net/texbytopic/texbytopic.html), section 4.3.1

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

From: texhax [texhax-bounces at tug.org] on behalf of Gerard E. Seibert [jerry at seibercom.net]
Sent: 04 November 2014 12:33
To: General TeX discussion and questions
Subject: [texhax] default length of a space

This is probably a dumb question; however, I have not been able to find a
definitive answer. Exactly how wide is a "space" in LaTeX? I found that the
default for a line was "0.4pt", or at least that is what it states in one
publication. I want to know what the length of a "space" is. Is it dependent
on the font size? If so, how would I compute it? Is there a list anywhere
that shows all of the common lengths and their measurements?

One last question. I tried using "\the \rightmargin" and it always displays
"0"; however "\the \leftmargin" shows the margin size. Why is the
"\rightmargin" not shown?


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