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Re: Hanging indent

From: fantasai <fantasai@escape.com>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 10:38:40 -0400
Message-ID: <3CE66770.A039E9EE@escape.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Etan Wexler wrote:
> 
> Fantasai wrote of the latest draft of the Text module
> (<http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-css3-text-20020515>):
> 
> > Still no hanging indent?
> 
> I can achieve a hanging indent with a negative value for the 'text-indent'
> property.  If I need to accommodate the jutting text (an exodent, to coin a
> term), I can widen the padding.  Am I missing something?

a, b, c {display: block; padding: 3%; border: solid thin}
a {padding-left: 2em; text-indent: -2em;}

<a>
  <b>
    <c>This is some text that should have a hanging indent.</c>
  </b>
</a>
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|   |  ________________________  |  |
|   | |                        | |  |
|   |This is some text that    | |  |
|   | | should have a hanging  | |  |
|   | | indent.                | |  |
|   | |________________________| |  |
|   |____________________________|  |
|___________________________________|


text-indent inherits. text-indent only applies to inline content.
padding does not inherit. padding applies to everything.
Hence the problem above.

There are two types of indentation: setting a block of content off
from its surrounding content, and setting the first line of text
off from the other lines within that block. the box properties are
for the former; text-indent is for the latter. No matter where you
put a bibliographic entry, if you're following standard format, the
first line will have a hanging indent. The indentation is intrinsic
to the content; it has nothing to do with its surroundings.

See also:
fantasai. "Re: text-indent/exdent (was "suggestion")", www-style (2001-07-07).
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