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The indenter Template:in5 indents text by 5 spaces or the count specified by
parameter 1 (range: 1 to 50 spaces). The spaces will wrap on narrow windows.

Usage:   {{in5}}       <--indents by 5 spaces
Usage:   {{in5|8}}     <--indents by 8 spaces
Usage:   {{in5|47}}   <--indents by 47

Spaces outside the double braces will add an extra space on either side,
such as the 12 spaces inserted by: " {{in5|10}} ".

NOTE: The name "in5" was chosen because other names were debated, such as
the name "in" being redefined as 6 different uses.


The following are examples showing larger amounts of spacing:

Example 1: xx{{in5|10}}yy{{in5|10}}zz, produces: xx          yy          zz
Example 2: xx{{in5|10}}yy{{in5|15}}zz, produces: xx          yy               zz
Example 3: aa{{in5|20}}bb{{in5|20}}cc, produces: aa                    bb                    cc
Example 4: "32.0{{in5|7}}"  produces: "32.0       "

The example 4 shows the ability to put trailing spaces, such as spaces after a number in a wikitable column (coded as: | 32.0{{in5}} ). Typical numbers (with "align=right"), in a table column, often appear crowded at the right-hand side, so appending "{{in5}}" can improve readability, in tables with lines between columns.

Universal template[edit]

This Template:in5 is intended as a universal template, with the same name on all Wikipedia sites. The name "in5" with the digit "5" is unlikely to conflict with other-language Wikipedias. Care must be taken not to name a universal template with a name that would be an awkward or peculiar word in the other languages. However, in some cases, a universal template might need a different name in a few conflicting languages.

Comparison with Template:spaces[edit]

There are other templates that insert spaces, although none had allowed 50 spaces, where the spaces could be wrapped. For example, the Template:spaces has had a limit of about 25 non-breaking spaces (during 2011):

Example of {{spaces|10}}
with {{spaces|14}}
with {{spaces|15}}
with {{spaces|25}}
with {{spaces|45}}
xx{{spaces|10}}yy, produces:
xx          yy
xx              yy
xx               yy
xx                         yy
xx yy
Example of {{in5|10}}
with {{in5|14}}
with {{in5|15}}
with {{in5|25}}
with {{in5|45}}
xx{{in5|10}}yy, produces:
xx          yy
xx              yy
xx               yy
xx                         yy
xx                                             yy

Again, using {{in5}} reliably allows up to 50 spaces at a time. If a window is too narrow, or the browser text-size too large, then the string of 50 spaces will wrap within the narrow width, or auto-widen for wider windows.

Comparison with letter-spacing[edit]

To insert space between each consecuting letter pair of any text, "span style=letter-spacing:<value><unit>" can be used. For an example, with <span style="letter-spacing:2.2em">spanning the text "example" it looks like example. The value may express any number from 0 on, also fractions as .45 are possible, the unit may be "em" or any standard measurement unit (pt, px, cm, mm, in).


Template {in5} generates a mix of "&nbsp;" and spaces to avoid the space compression done by the MediaWiki parser. Each &nbsp is stored inside the formatted page (such as seen by the browser option: <View><Source>). The output is optimized to be the shortest possible markup language for spaces, in a variety of different browsers.

Typically, {{in5}} runs much faster than "span style=white-space:nowrap", generating 1/3 the markup per use (as 72% less text, over 50 fewer characters each time). Also, {{in5|n}} allows 'n' to be up to 50 spaces. The spaces will wrap on narrowed windows, such as between table columns, to allow the columns to move closer on narrow windows but be separated more on wider windows, to a maximum of 'n' spaces apart, rather than "spread across the universe" on very-wide windows.

See also[edit]