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Finally some real control over fonts, yipee!!

There are 5 font properties, and 1 shorthand.

font-family

font-style

font-variant

font-weight

font-size

font (shorthand)

font-family

The font-family property specifies what font will be used, ie. Courier, Helvetica, Arial, etc... or if not available what general family to be used: serif, sans-serif, monospace.

The fonts are listed in preferred order. One nice thing about listing numerous fonts is that if the user system does not support one font, another font in the list will be used instead.

Examples:

BODY { font-family: Times, TimesRoman, serif }
P { font-family: Helvetica, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif }
H1 { font-family: Monaco, Courier, monospace }

Other generic font families that can be used are cursive and fantasy. The generic font families above are serif, sans-serif and monospace. If your font has more than one word use quotes.

.comix { font-family: "Comic Sans MS", sans-serif }

font-style

Valid values for font-style are normal, italic, and oblique. Very straight forward, oblique is similar to italic.

font-variant

Valid values for font-variant are normal and small-caps. Small caps displays the lowercase letters as scaled down uppercase letters.

font-weight

This property specifies what you want the font to weigh, ex. 50 lbs of pure Courier. Well not exactly, the weight of the font is the boldness, or lightness of the font. The valid values that you can assign font-weight are:

normal, bold, bolder, lighter
and 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900

Note: normal=400, bold=700

font-size

You guessed it, this specifies the size of the font. There are 5 different ways you can specify the font size. In no particular order, here they are:

absolute size:
point size: ie. 7pt, 22pt, 14pt, 36pt, 72pt, ...
pixel size: ie. 100px, 45px, 90px, 10px, ...

relative size:
key words: xx-small, x-small, small,
medium, large, x-large, xx-large
percentage: 24%, 58%, 150%, 10%, 100%, ...
ems: .24em, .58em, 1.5em, .1em, 1.0em, ...

For font-size, ems are equivalent to percentages. Also you only put in the values for the size you want, do not specify the descriptive words absolute size, point size, etc...

Pixel sizing is not recommended by Netscape. The relative sizes are relative to the parent element. For example, if a base font size is set in the BODY, then the the relative sizing is relative to that base font size.

font

Font is a shorthand notation to keep our sheets a little cleaner and neater. The order of the shorthand is 'font-style' 'font-variant' 'font-weight' 'font-size' 'font-family' Also keeping with normal typographical syntax, you can specify the leading, or line-height along with the font-size by using font-size/line-height.

Examples:

H1 { font: bolder 72pt Impact, "New SchoolBook", sans-serif }
H2 { font: 700 36pt/48pt Monaco, Courier, monospace }
H5 { font: lighter 12pt Times, TimesRoman, serif }

Text

There are 5 text properties that you can specify.

word-spacing

letter-spacing

text-decoration

vertical-align

text-transform

text-align

text-indent

line-height

letter-spacing and word-spacing

Exactly how it sounds, this specify the spacing between letters and words. The valid values are length values, such as em, px, pt, %,...

Examples:

P { word-spacing: 0.75em; letter-spacing: 10px; }

text-decoration

The text-decoration values you can assign to it are: normal, underline, overline, line-through, and blink (blech!!) Each one is fairly self explanatory. Here is the popular definition that rids all links of the underline beneath them:

A {text-decoration:none}

vertical-align

Valid values are: baseline, sub, super, top, text-top, middle, bottom, text-bottom.

I am not exactly sure the minute differences between all of these, play around with different alignments and see what does what.

text-transform

This property can transform text to either uppercase, lowercase, or capitalized. The valid values are: none, capitalize, uppercase, lowercase.

text-align

This probably should have been called horizontal-align, since they have a vertical align, but my guess is that that is to hard to spell and type in numerous times. Valid values for text-align are: left, right, center, and justify.

text-indent

Indented a paragraph, what a concept. Valid values are length and percentages. This property will indent the first line in a paragraph, the specified length or percentage.

Examples:

.indent1 { text-indent: 1.0em; }
.indent2 { text-indent: 30px; }

line-height

This allows you specify the height of a line, which will allow you to specify the distance between two lines. I found this a little tricky to use, it doesn't work well as an inline property, I found as a paragraph property works pretty good. Valid values are: length and percentages, negative values are not allowed.

Example:

P.listi { line-height: 80%; }