Align text to baseline grid?

Hello

Bit of a long shot but, is it possible to align text to a baseline grid, like in print (InDesign and QuarkXpress)?

I would love to create a site, like with print, where all the text fits to a vertical baseline grid.

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No there isn’t. But you can simulate the same effect by careful attention to your text line heights and using the page grid/guides to make sure HTML box tops align in unison.

David

On 20 Mar 2011, at 20:49, “Mark” email@hidden wrote:

Hello

Bit of a long shot but, is it possible to align text to a baseline grid, like in print (InDesign and QuarkXpress)?

I would love to create a site, like with print, where all the text fits to a vertical baseline grid.

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The nature of the web, with inconsistencies of text rendering, is never going to make this an exact science like the printed page.

The best you can hope for is as David suggests but without resorting to graphic text there are no guarantees.

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I thought this would be the case.

Given that Freeway is very similar to InDesign and Quark I’m sure it would be possible for FW to add an ‘align to baseline grid’ option, giving FW even more of a competitive advantage over Dreamweaver etc.

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I’m sure it would be possible for FW to add an ‘align to baseline grid’ option

Maybe but the problem is with the visitor’s browser and how the page is subsequently rendered and that cannot be influenced.

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There are tricks for doing this, but they rely on you adjusting your
design, not anything the software can do for you. You need to set a
grid on your page which is a multiple of the base font size. You need
to set all of your leading in units that are a multiple of your grid.
It’s not simple to do. There’s a whole book on the subject by Khoi
Vinh, which I’m halfway through.

http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321703537

Walter

On Mar 21, 2011, at 6:44 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

I’m sure it would be possible for FW to add an ‘align to baseline
grid’ option

Maybe but the problem is with the visitor’s browser and how the page
is subsequently rendered and that cannot be influenced.

D


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