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Design Web Typography Laying Out Type for the Web Typographic Hierarchy: Caps, Color, and Pairing Typefaces

Andre Kucharzyk
Andre Kucharzyk
4,479 Points

Drop cap - question about display type.

Normally when you set an element to be display: block, it prevents anything else sticking to it, meaning, another element will be in the next line. Why its not the case in this example?

2 Answers

Can you copy and paste the code here? It's been a little while since I watched the video, but I believe there is a float property attached to the drop cap. So, with float, it's taken out of the regular document flow.

Andre Kucharzyk
Andre Kucharzyk
4,479 Points

Yes, you are right - there is float property, but why use the block property too?

.dropcap { font-size: 5.4em; display: block; float: left; width: .8em; height: .7em; line-height: 0.8; margin: 0; }

Emmanuel Molina
Emmanuel Molina
9,268 Points

As far as I understand the display: block; isn't needed. Try to delete it and watch the result. In fact I don't even understand why he uses a class to select the first letter of the first word of the first paragraph of a section and not uses section p:first-of-type:first-letter