Character spacing of Japanese characters is incorrect when you use a full-width space in an HTML element with the letter-spacing attribute

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When you visit a Web page that contains Japanese characters and you use the letter-spacing attribute with an HTML element (for example, SPAN or INPUT TYPE="TEXT"), a full-width space character (U+0x3000) may cause incorrect character spacing, as in the following example:

<SPAN STYLE="letter-spacing: 20pt;">館館 館館館</SPAN>
<SPAN STYLE="letter-spacing: 20pt;">館館館館館館</SPAN>

Note The first line of text contains a full-width space character. The second line does not.

For more information about the letter-spacing attribute, visit the following MSDN Web site:
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.

Article ID: 818898 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:18:41 - Revision: 1.15

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
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