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  • To set various dimensions of the objects in and around HTML elements,the CSS dimension properties is used. These can be width ,height and defining the space.

  • A D V E R T I S E M E N T

  • Various dimension properties are:

  • 1.height, 2.line-height 3.max-height 4.min-height 5. width 6. min-width and 7.max-width.


    The height of an element specified by the height property .

    • For rendering images,this property is useful.
    • Possible values are:
    • auto,length and percentage.
        auto - The height is determined by the browser.
        length - This defines the height in a relative units ( em, px) or absolute units ( cm, mm, in, pt) .
        % - This defines the height in percentage of the height of the parent object.
    • By default, value for height is auto.
    • Negative lengths are not allowed.

    CSS Code

    img {height : 200px ;}


    The distance between two adjacent lines can be set using this property . The baselines of the adjacent lines is the distance .

    • This property can have the values: normal, number, length or %.
       normal - This sets the line height to the default or inherited value based on the font size of the element.

       number - This sets the line height of the current font-size to be multiplied by the number specified.

        length - This sets a fixed distance between the lines. The units used are: em, px, cm, pt.

       % - This sets the line height in % of the element's font size.

    CSS Code

    p { line-height : 75 px;}


  • The maximum height for an element can be specified by this property.
  • Possible values for max-height property are: none, length, percentage.
  • none - specifies that there are no height limits imposed on the element. length - specifies the maximum height for an element. % - specifies the maximum height of the element as a % of the height of the containing block.

    p { max-height:100px;}


  • The minimum height for an element specified by this property .
  • Possible values for min-height are : length, percentage.
  • length - specifies the minimum height for an element. % - specifies the minimum height of the element as a % of the height of the containing block.

    p { min-height: 50px;}

    TThe following example increase the space between lines

    CSS Code

    <style type="text/css">
    p.small {line-height: 0.4cm}
    p.big {line-height: 0.9cm}

    This is a paragraph with a standard line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a standard line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a standard line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a standard line-height.

    <p class="small">
    This is a paragraph with a smaller line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a smaller line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a smaller line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a smaller line-height.

    <p class="big">
    This is a paragraph with a bigger line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a bigger line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a bigger line-height.
    This is a paragraph with a bigger line-height.


    The follwing table describe the list Properties:

    Property Description values
    height Sets the height of an element auto
    line-height Sets the distance between lines auto
    max-height Sets the maximum height of an element auto
    max-width Sets the maximum width of an element length
    min-height Sets the minimum height of an element auto
    min-width Sets the minimum width of an element auto
    width Sets the width of an element auto

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