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Use this template to insert a fixed width gap in inline text. The default is 2em.

For example,


yields "Helloworld!"

If no argument is given, the default is 2em:


yields "Helloworld!"

For a real example of it in use, see Page:An introduction to physiological and systematical botany (1st edition).djvu/542.

Deprecated or incorrect usage

Please note: This template is not intended to produce indented paragraphs, double spacing after full stops (periods), or offsets from the right.


The house style of Wikisource is to separate paragraphs with a double line break, rather than to indent them, except in cases such as poetry where the formatting might be considered part of the text.

Offsetting right-aligned text

Please do not use

{{right|This is incorrect{{gap}} }}

{{Right}} has a parameter offset for this:

{{right|This is correct|offset=2em}}

The reason for this is that if the line wraps, the {{gap}} will go to the next line, where it will be invisible, and the text will end up right up against the right margin:

The {{gap}} here is in a blue box:

Compare to setting an offset of 4em:

The text retains its offset even when it wraps.

See also

  • {{right}}
  • {{indent}} for a simple indented paragraph
  • {{wide space}} for a wider gap between adjacent words (this will also copy-paste as a space; {{gap}} will not.
  • {{hanging indent inherit}} for paragraphs spanning Page: namespace pages
  • To insert a vertical gap (i.e. extra line spacing), simply add multiple blank lines. To force a gap in situations where the Mediawiki software consumes multiple carriage returns, such as at the end of a page, use {{nop}}. See also {{dhr}}.
  • {{0}}
  • {{ditto}}
  • {{phantom}}

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Template parameters[Edit template data]

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.


Width of gap to insert.