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Line Spacing help!

  1. I am a poet and need to space words out in some poems. However I try the page automatically throws all the lines to the left margin. I also have a problem with not having control over spacing the lines, sometimes I need single space, sometimes 1 1/2. Is there a place to find this info. Sorry I am a complete idiot when it comes to this stuff...

    The blog I need help with is haikujunky.wordpress.com.

  2. For line spacing, you can easily do that manually: To put a space between lines (Double Space), just hit Enter like you normally would. If you don't want to put a blank space between lines, just hold Shift when pressing Enter.

  3. You will not be able to do 1 1/2 spaces, etc on a WordPress.com blog without some relatively elaborate, line by line HTML coding.

    You can do double spaces and single spaces as indicated above. And yes, it'll always be aligned left unless you highlight it and use the Center icon.

  4. pooey. I don't necessarily want to center things though...also, i will try the line spacing but i thought I was doing that...I usually copy and paste text, maybe that's my problem.

    thanks.

  5. @haikujunky:

    No, copying and pasting is not your problem, as long as you're not pasting directly from Word. It's just that normal text in html is set not to accept multiple line returns or multiple spaces. For anything fancy, you need html coding. Here you are:

    A - Vertical space

    1. Blank lines:
    <div style="height:12px;"> </div>
    Or:
    <div style="visibility:hidden;height:12px;"> </div>

    2. Line spacing ("leading"):

    <p style="line-height:1.4;">
    ONE_LINE_OR_PARAGRAPH_HERE
    </p>

    B - Horizontal space

    3. Single space:
     

    4. Creating space by using invisible characters:
    <span style="visibility:hidden;">ANY_CHARACTERS_HERE</span>

    5. Distance between letters ("kerning"):
    <span style="letter-spacing:6">TEXT_HERE</span>

    6. Distance between words:
    <span style="word-spacing:32">TEXT_HERE</span>

    All these should be used in the html post editor, of course. They are all adjustable: no.3 by using it more than once in succession, no.4 by the number of characters typed in, the rest obviously by changing the number included in the code. Re 5 & 6, note that "span" is meant for words or phrases within a paragraph; for a single complete paragraph you use "p" instead.

    C - Transferring preformatted text

    <pre style="font:inherit;">
    TEXT_HERE
    </pre>

    This code is supposed to retain the formatting of pasted text; you can try it, but I think it will retain some elements only, not all formatting details (I haven't experimented with it enough to know what exactly survives and what doesn't).

    By the way, please paste the exact URL of your blog when asking questions here - or link your nickname to your blog as explained in the Sticky 8 Things to Know. We usually need that to give a relevant answer.

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