daGUY daGUY - 2 months ago 8
CSS Question

Why can't I decrease the line-height of this text?

http://jsfiddle.net/mJxn4/

This is very odd: I have a few lines of text wrapped in an

<em>
tag. No matter what I do, lowering the value for
line-height
below 17px has no effect. I can bump the
line-height
up to greater than 17px and it'll apply, but I can't get it lower than 17px.

The CSS in question is:

#others .item em {
font-size: 13px;
line-height: 17px;
}


Try adjusting the line height both higher and lower and run the updated fiddle after each change, and you'll see what I mean.

Why would this be? No
line-height
is specified anywhere else in the CSS, so nothing is overriding it. That couldn't be the case anyway because I'm adjusting the
line-height
up and down within the same selector, so it doesn't make sense that a higher value would apply, but a lower value would get overridden.

Ibu Ibu
Answer

Because the em tag is inline and its line-height cannot be lower than its parent div.

For example, if you set the line-height of the parent to 10px, then you would be able to decrease the line-height of em tag to 10px as well.

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