# [texhax] How to put space characters at the beginning of a line?

José Romildo Malaquias j.romildo at gmail.com
Tue Apr 27 13:07:02 CEST 2010

Hello.

I need to put space characters at the beginning of a line in a LaTeX
document. The problem is that neither '~' nor '\ ' works to achieve this
behaviour.

See the simplified document that illustrates the problem:

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}

\begin{document}

\ttfamily\frenchspacing\noindent
First~line\newline
~~Second~line

\end{document}

Note that, when this document is compiled, the letter 'S' in the last
line aligns to the letter 'F' in the previous line. How can I get this
'S' aligned to the 'r' front the previous line?

This problem should be solved without using the verbatim (or similar)
environment.

Regards,

Romildo