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There's various places where tags are listed in the right sidebar along with counts of how many times the tag is used in posts in the results or in the entire system.

But in two such places they are rendered very slightly differently. I don't know if our SE site designers are perfectionists or how much they care about these details but I thought I'd at least point it out so you know about it so you can decide what to do.

On a question page there will be a section in the sidebar titled "tagged" which has a space on either side of the ×, I think both are non-breaking spaces:

× 1877

On a tag page there will be a section in the sidebar titled "Related Tags" which only has the space after the × but omits the one before:

× 268

On a main page there will be a section in the sidebar titled "Recent Tags" which also only has the space after the × but not the one before:

× 61

There may still be other places that list tags in a similar manner, if so I'm not sure which variation they might use.


I found this inconsistency while working on my site enhancement that adds a Related Tags section for all searches and wanted to match the native site layout perfectly.

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    I wonder if Jeff has a giant non-breaking space available? ;)
    – AakashM
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 9:43
  • At least it won't break my head when he bludgeons me with it (-; Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 9:48

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k, well spotted. We have ordered a new batch of non-breaking spaces - they should be arriving some time just before we next deploy.

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  • Dammit that means I'll have to add the   to my extension too d-; Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 10:49
  • Sorry to say but I found a third place with such a list and it turns out places had only one   - so now that you've decided adding an   was the right fix there's still one that doesn't match: Look for Recent Tags on any main page Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 10:05
  • I've dug around the sites and all these pages have a section of numbered tag: home-page, question-page, questions-page, tagged-questions-page, tags-page, unanswered-page. The question page was the only one that had a non-breaking space on both sides of the × - best solution would be to just change the question page and revert the tag page change. Sorry I wasn't thorough in my initial report, but I wasn't sure anybody would care \-: Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 12:37
  • @hippietrail the "Recent Tags" on your link looks fine... Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 10:23
  • @hippietrail also, there were indeed lots of other utility methods using the "both sides" approach, so the one-sided is not unique/uncommon/correct Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 10:24
  • You're right all three now have a space on each side. Well either way I'll leave it all in your court to do as you please now that it's "out there". Love the site either way (-: Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 13:25
  • @hippietrail allow me to rephrase: do any now look different? Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 13:29
  • Of the three I gave the links for, they all now look alike (space each side). For the others I listen by HTML className but no link I haven't checked. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 13:37

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