Monospaced

In typography, descriptive of characters of a typeface all having the same width. The lowercase "i" and "m"—which would have different widths in proportional width typefaces—are identical in monospaced typefaces. Consequently, it is necessary to extend the "i" and condense the "m" to keep their spacing consistent relative to other characters. Typewriters and line printers are the primary users of monospaced typefaces. These are usually 10-pitch, or 10 characters to the inch (also called pica), or 12-pitch, 12 characters to the inch (called elite). Newer approaches offer finer escapement, thus allowing these faces to have quasi-proportional spacing. However, a monospaced character is a monospaced character, no matter how you space it.

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