Line Spacing

I just created a rather text-heavy site. When viewing it on a PC, I’m seeing a big difference with line spacing. I know there can be differences between MAC and PC, but this time everything’s really off? Is there a simple setting I need to adjust? I can’t be the only people who’s experienced this.


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Are you using PX, EM, % for your line-height (a.k.a leading)?


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I’ve had this problem as well. I’ve never found a perfect solution, but here is one thing to check: are you using the same units everywhere? If your text sizes are defined in pixels, make sure that the leading is also defined in pixels. If the text sizes are in percentages, use percentages for leading.


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It doesn’t matter, I’m allways using px definitions, and I also see a certain difference between Windows and Mac.
Just look at http://www.zakenwijzer.nl


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Percentages are tricky, as the correct application is always revealed
by the question “Percent of what?”. Thus a text size of 150% is better
understood as “150 percent of what?”.

Dan Cederholm, in his still highly recommended book “Bulletproof Web
Design” outlined a strategy for percentage type by defining a base
type size in the body tag. Therefore, rendering a base size all text
percentages can be derived from. Without it, text percentages are
derived from whatever size the browser defaults to.

Working in the print industry, I have come to believe the metrics of
many “same-name” fonts must vary from vendor to vendor. That, or the
metrics are ignored by certain applications, such as the browser. In
either case, I have adjusted my philosophy of web design to be more
flexible with regard to font appearance.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 1:05 AM, Michael wrote:

I’ve had this problem as well. I’ve never found a perfect solution, but here is one thing to check: are you using the same units everywhere? If your text sizes are defined in pixels, make sure that the leading is also defined in pixels. If the text sizes are in percentages, use percentages for leading.


Ernie Simpson – Freeway 5 Pro User – http://www.thebigerns.com/freeway/


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Working in the print industry, I have come to believe the metrics of
many “same-name” fonts must vary from vendor to vendor.

So true, and one of the worst offenders these days is Helvetica.


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