What is line-height?

Line-height, also known as leading, is the vertical distance between lines of text. It’s commonly expressed as a percentage where 100% is equal to the font size.

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The term leading (pronounced “ledding”) comes from the days of metal type. At that time, people inserted strips of lead between lines of type to increase the vertical space.

Line-height in CSS helps create readable, comfortable text by providing ample space between lines for the reader’s eyes to move. The ideal line-height will vary depending on the font-family, font size, and even the length of the lines of text.

If the line-height is too small, the text will feel cramped and difficult to read. However, if the line-height is too large, the text will feel disconnected and awkward to read. Therefore, finding the right balance of line height is crucial for creating readable text.

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