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Another way to control line breaks in (X)HTML

22nd October 2008

While you can use <br /> tags, there is another way to achieve similar results: theĀ &nbsp; or non-breaking space entity. Put one of them between two words and you stop them getting separated by a line break; I have been using this in the latest design tweaks that I made to my online photo gallery. Turning this on its head, if you see two words together acting without regard to normal wrapping conventions, then you can suspect that a non-breaking space could be a cause. There might be CSS options too but their effectiveness in different browsers may limit their usefulness.

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