Formatting Tips: Raised Initial

About Formatting Tips.

This is a very easy formatting type and is similar to doing a drop cap. The big difference is a raised initial the letter is on the base line and is higher than the other letters. Only the first letter of the first paragraph of a chapter should be raised.

Simply wrap the first letter in a span tag referencing the appropriate CSS class like so.

<p><span class="ri">L</span>orem...</p>

The CSS for a raised initial is very easy. Simply make the font size larger than normal and set it to bold.

span.ri {
    font-size: 4em;
    font-weight: bold;
}

The best way to illustrate this concept is with an example. Download ft-raised-initial.epub. Opening the file with Sigil you will see the example chapters and the external CSS that is referenced by each XHTML file.

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  1. John

    Finally got back around to formatting one of ebooks. I used your initial capital suggestion. So simple! But works like a charm. Thanks.

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