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The PreTeXt Guide

Subsection 4.4.1 Short, Inline, Verbatim Text

The <c> tag is a mnemonic for “code”, but is really meant to be any chunk of literal characters that you want to emphasise that way. So a “typewriter” font of fixed-width characters would be a typical presentation. It is meant for use within a sentence or caption (“inline”) so its use is limited to those situations, and others that are similar, such as a title or a cell of a table. Typically these pieces of text do not hyphenate words, and so can lead to spillover into a right margin. In these situations, consider options below for longer pieces of text.