Five killer ways to use vertical rhythm

This article first appeared in issue 229 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

One of the most important things you can focus on when it comes to laying out a page in HTML/CSS is vertical rhythm – the visual pattern that the blocks of type or lines of type form into as you scan down the page.

Other things can come to affect this rhythm such as headings, list items, images, and so on. Having good vertical rhythm is paramount because it helps the readability and scan-ability of your page(s).

There are quite a few great tutorials (See here and here, for example) on the web where you can find about how to technically achieve proper vertical rhythm by using ems for your line-height and learning about what keeping your type ‘in phase’ means.

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