Quick Tip: Text Spacing
Some users may adjust text as viewed in their browser to support their optimal reading. They may increase the text size, change font faces, or adjust paragraph, line, letter, and/or word spacing. WCAG 2.1 requires that your page has no loss of content or functionality if the end user modifies certain text spacing properties. The guidelines prescribe the exact values, but the principle is sound – if users adjust text properties, ensure that your page still works. Using pixel heights for elements that contain text is the most common cause of failure – when the text is modified, it may no longer fit within the defined element’s dimensions.
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