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You can convert regular text into it’s unicode  fullwidth equivalent online with an easy-to-use tool from Linkstrasse.

Unlike most conventional computer fonts, which are specific to a particular language or set of characters, Unicode fonts include many thousands of possible glyphs, so that they can be used as a single typeface across multilingual documents.

Han and kana characters are usually full-width and some are meant to be arranged in vertical columns, whereas latin text is half-width or proportionally spaced. In order to allow the use of latin characters in vertical arrangements Unicode has a set of latin characters ‘copied’ in to a set of wide range characters- these are called ‘fullwidth characters’.

Full-width characters have been co-opted by artists, musicians and social media users choosing to skew their intended corporate use in pursuit of a net art aesthetic – a trend that unifies the 90’s themes and Japanese visual tropes common to digital art microtrends, e.g. Vaporwave.

To convert characters into their unicode fullwidth equivilant, head to Linkstrasse, copy and paste text into your broswer and hit ‘convert’.

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