How wide should the word space after nobiliary particles be? (von, de la, …)

Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)?

Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?

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Answer

I have the answer for French typography (and one of the nobiliary particles you quote is French, so…): the spaces preceding and following nobiliary particles should be regular spaces (the canonical reference being the Lexique des règles typographiques en usage à l’Imprimerie Nationale).

I don’t know if it holds in other languages, including English, but it would definitely make sense… and cause less disruption to the flow of text.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Mikulas Dite , Answer Author : F’x

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