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Chapter 10. Text Properties > letter-spacing Property

10.1. letter-spacing Property

The letter-spacing property does just that: it adds spacing between individual letters on a Web page. It can take one of two possible values: the default keyword value normal, or a specific measurement value. When used effectively, the letter-spacing property enables the Web author to help spread out what text they have across the Web page. This technique is common in page layout programs to better space words across a single line of text, usually to fully justify it (i.e., to have even left and right margins). This technique may not fully translate to the Web, since it is exceedingly difficult to know where a specific word will appear on-screen, making it hard to fully justify the line of text in this manner. The letter-spacing property can be used effectively for eye-catching displays, however.

The letter-spacing property can take any unit of measure that has been allotted to CSS (see the CSS Units chapter for more detailed information on which units of measure can be used).


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