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Special Character Markers - InDesign

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Special Character Markers usually represent non-printing characters, and can be used anywhere in where you would put text, such as in holidays names, slogans text, saras, holidays options, ...

 

As compared to tokens, these markers are not framed by braces, and they begin with an ampersand (eg: &n ).

If you wish to include an ampersand as plain text (not as a special characters token) then you should use its ASCII value, namely &038.

Some of the special characters are common to both QuarkXPress and InDesign, and some are specific to InDesign only.

 

Markers in Common with QuarkXPress

 

The following table lists the available Special Character Markers, that are common to InDesign and QuarkXPress:

 

Special Character

Token

Non-Breaking
(if applicable)

Hard Return

&c

 

Soft Return

&s

 

Tabulation

&t

 

Right Indent Tab

&:t

 

Indent Here

&i

 

ASCII Characters

&xxx

 

Discretionary Hyphen

 

&:h

Nonbreaking Hyphen

&!h

 

Discretionary Return

&:d

 

Nonbreaking Space

 

&!s

Next Column

&:c

 

Next Linked Box

&:b

 

En Space

&:f

&!f

Punctuation Space

&:p

&!p

Flex Space (Quarter em)

&:q

 

Nonbreaking Flex Space

 

&!q

Figure/digit Space

&0

 

 

Markers Specific to InDesign

 

The following special character markers are accessible by their InDesign-specific hexadecimal value:

 

Hard Space

non-breaking, justifying space

&$00A0

 

Zero Space Break

&$200B

Narrow No Break Space

non-justifying non-breaking space

&$202F

 

Zero Space No Break

&$FEFF

Em Space

typically the width of a capital letter M

&$2003

 

Zero Width Non Joiner

&$200C

En Space

half the width of an em space

&$2002

 

Zero Width Joiner

&$200D

Third Space

one‑third the width of an em space

&$2004

 

Unicode Hyphen

&$2010

Quarter Space

one‑quarter the width of an em space

&$2005

 

No Break Hyphen

&$2011

Sixth Space

one‑sixth the width of an em space

&$2006

 

Discretionary Hyphen

&$00AD

Figure Space

same width as a number

&$2007

 

Figure Dash

&$2012

Punctuation Space

same width as an exclamation point, period, or colon

&$2008

 

En Dash

&$2013

Thin Space

one-eighth the width of an em spacea good choice on either side of an em dash

&$2009

 

Em Dash

&$2014

Hair Space

one‑twenty‑fourth the width of an em space

&$200A

 

Horizontal Bar

&$2015

Flush Space

adds a variable amount of space to the last line of a fully justified paragraph

&$2001

 

 

 

 

Markers in the Q++Studio User Interface

 

Most of the special character markers, displayed above cannot be previewed in the editor used to display holidays names, slogans text or MonthHeader text, and therefore they are converted by InDesign and/or QuarkXPress, and always appear as tokens in the Q++Studio user interface.

 

See also: QuarkXPress special character markers.

 


Topic 185810, last updated on 05-May-2021