Maintain vertical rhythm with CSS and jQuery

  • Knowledge needed: CSS, basic jQuery
  • Requires: jQuery, CSS, HTML
  • Project time: 30 minutes
  • Download source files

Assuming you design from the content out, the first decision to effect your design has to be type related. Even by not choosing a typeface you’ve done something that impacts your site. Type is core to print and web design, and it’s complex; there are a lot of accumulated terms, practices, rules, and techniques that go into its good use. This article is concerned with one technique for managing one aspect of type, one that’s been hard to do online but is routine in print: maintaining a consistent vertical rhythm, which in turn allows us to achieve a professional layout.

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