Sep 25

How to Use Text Layout Properties in CSS

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 21:44 — julie

In HTML, text appearance is very limited. You may want more line spacing between text or maybe you may want more or less letter spacing [kern]. With CSS you can control text layout. Follow the steps provided in this tutorial to control text layout properties.

Steps to use text layout properties

1. First of all, create an html file. You may use any IDE like notepad or notepad ++ or Adobe Dreamweaver to create an html file. In this tutorial, we are using plain notepad that is available on any Windows PC. Open notepad any type following code:

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This is largest heading

This is smaller than first one

This is smaller than second one

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And then save the file as .html (eg: tut16.html).


will link the stylesheet that we are going to create.
There are three different headings where we will apply CSS.
We are inserting a paragraph of text inside



2. Next, open the HTML file to see how the default text layout is shown without using any CSS.


3. Next, in the same directory (folder), create another folder named css and create new css file named as style.css. To do that, open notepad and save it as style.css


4. Next, open the file style.css and type following code:





letter-spacing:5px; will add 5px spacing in between letters of h1 heading.
word-spacing:10px; will add 10px spacing in between words of h2 heading.

This specifies the base direction for text. There are two possible values i.e. rtl and ltr. In western writing text flows from left to right whereas in Arabic it flows from right to left.
rtl means that text should flow from right to left
ltr means that text should flow from left to right

line-height:35px; will set the distance between adjacent lines of the paragraph.

text-indent:10px; will indent the first line of every paragraph.

text-align:justify; will allow you to control how the contents should be aligned.

There are four possible values and they are:


This completes our tutorial on how to use text layout properties in CSS. If you’ve found this CSS tutorial helpful, please comment below!

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