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Q1: In second grade, I was taught to type two blank spaces after a period, before starting the next sentence. When I try to do that in Composer (by pressing my keyboard's spacebar twice), it doesn't let me—I get just one space.
A1: Browsers generally ignore extra spaces, so it's a mistake to use extra spaces to change the appearance of type in a Web page—if you could type two spaces, most browsers omit the second space when displaying your page anyway. To help you avoid that error, Composer simply refuses to let you type more than one space character.

If you want that extra space because you're trying to line up rows or columns of text in a particular way, the spacebar isn't the way to do it. Instead, put the text in a table, as described in Hour 8, “Organizing Text with Tables and Rules.”

If you absolutely must have multiple character spaces within a paragraph, you have two options: If you use the Change Style list to apply the Preformatted style to the paragraph, you can type all the spaces you want—Composer makes an exception for paragraphs in the Preformatted style, and browsers know to display all space characters in these types of paragraphs. The other method is to insert the HTML tag for a blank space; you learn to do that in Hour 17, “Editing HTML.”


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