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Old 07-04-2007, 02:28 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by CarlSeiler View Post
Basically, I want the drop cap to go from the top of the top line to the bottom of the second line to mimic the style of Encyclopaedia Britannica 1st edition. When I make the font-size larger, it makes the third line indent to go around it, because there's white space at the bottom of the drop cap. 200% is about all I can do. But then I don't get the drop cap to go all the way to the bottom of the line. I've tried playing with line-height, too, but that doesn't seem to work when applied to a inline element like span.
Without testing.... I'd try an approach like this:
  • float it left (that essentially will turn it into a block)
  • set top margin to get the top alignment you want
  • set height (or max-height) to limit the bottom to where you want it
  • set overflow:hidden so whatever is actually larger will drop out of view outside the bounding box
If it doesn't work it might give you some other ideas to play with...

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