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5.4.2 'letter-spacing'

Value: normal | <length>
Initial: normal
Applies to: all elements
Inherited: yes
Percentage values: N/A
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 3.0 support: no.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 support: yes.


The length unit indicates an addition to the default space between characters. Values can be negative, but there may be implementation-specific limits. The UA is free to select the exact spacing algorithm. The letter spacing may also be influenced by justification (which is a value of the 'align' property).

BLOCKQUOTE { letter-spacing: 0.1em }

Here, the letter-spacing between each character in 'BLOCKQUOTE' elements would be increased by '0.1em'.

With a value of 'normal', the UAs may change the space between letters to justify text. This will not happen if 'letter-spacing' is explicitly set to a <length> value:

BLOCKQUOTE { letter-spacing: 0 }
BLOCKQUOTE { letter-spacing: 0cm }

When the resultant space between two letters is not the same as the default space, UAs should not use ligatures.

CSS1 core: UAs may interpret any value of 'letter-spacing' as 'normal'.



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