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Setting a Larger First Letter

Long ago, when printing was done by hand or Gutenburg’s type setting machine, it featured many embellishments. The text always had margins, paragraphs where always indented, and the first letter of the first paragraph was larger than the rest of the text. Today's textual content has done away with these embellishments.

Although it's a good idea to do away with nonessential embellishments for quick informal textual content, what if you want to publish fictional content on the Web? This article shows you how to set a larger first letter for a paragraph, which can give your story an extra touch of class.

Here, I'm assuming that you already defined the styles for your basic text. Each of the methods described here involves placing the first letter in an html span element. The easiest way to set a larger first letter is to define a larger font-size for the span. The example below shows how to do that using inline style.

<span style="font-size:26px;">T</span>he judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office. - Article 3 Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office. - Article 3 Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America.

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