Monospacing

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Monospace font

Alternatively referred to as fixed-pitch, monospacing is the ability of a printer or software program to print out each character in the same amount of space regardless of the character. As can be seen in the picture, with proportional spacing the letter 'w' takes up much more spacing than the other letters. However, the monospaced version of the same font has equal spacing for each character.

The font must have a monospacing version to enable monospacing. In HTML and web design, you can create a CSS rule similar to the example below.

.mono {
 font-family:monospace;
}

Using the above CSS code would give text similar to the example below.

This sentence is an example of monospaced text.

Character, Typography terms