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Old 07-04-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default Help with initial drop-cap

I'm trying to get rid of some white space that appears at the bottom of my drop cap of my initial paragraph.

While I realize that I should aim for pixel perfect layout, I think I should be able to get closer than I've gotten so far. I've tried negative bottom margins, and even negative padding (negative padding isn't allowed). I put up a sample page at http://overanalysis.org/junk/brewing1.html The CSS is at http://overanalysis.org/junk/brewingpage.css

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.

I put a line around the drop cap B so you can see the white space. I'm also attaching copies of what I've got and what I sort of want (I just stretched the B down so it looks a little out of proportion and pixelly.

Any ideas?

P.S. The forum's upload kept failing, so I uploaded the files:
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