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Chapter 11. Text Property Extensions > layout-grid Sub-Family of Properties

11.4. layout-grid Sub-Family of Properties

Beginning with Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft included a sub-family of properties relating to how Asian character sets should be spaced on a page. Though the analogy isn't exact, rough equivalents can be found for Western language sets with formatting properties like line-height and letter-spacing or word-spacing, which set how far apart lines of text should be from each other, and how those individual characters and words should be separated from each other. Asian character sets often use an explicit grid layout in which to set their characters, and the layout-grid sub-family of properties is designed to accommodate Web designers aiming to lay out text in Asian languages.

The layout-grid sub-family of properties consists of four separate main properties — layout-grid-mode, layout-grid-type, layout-grid-line and layout-grid-char — as well as the layout-grid shortcut property, which allows the user to set various aspects of the main properties all at once. None of these properties is typically used in isolation, as they are designed to be used together to achieve a particular layout effect.


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