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Chapter 6. Text Properties > Indentation and Horizontal Alignment

6.1. Indentation and Horizontal Alignment

Let's start with a discussion of how you can affect the horizontal positioning of text within a line. Think of these basic actions as the same types of steps you might take to create a newsletter or write a report.

6.1.1. Indenting Text

Indenting the first line of a paragraph on a web page is one of the most sought after text-formatting effects. (Eliminating the blank line between paragraphs, which is discussed in Chapter 7, is a close second.) Some sites create the illusion of indented text by placing a small transparent image before the first letter in a paragraph, which shoves over the text. Other sites use the utterly nonstandard SPACER tag. Thanks to CSS, there's a better way to indent text, called text-indent.


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