The descent-override CSS descriptor defines the descent metric for the font. The descent metric is the height below the baseline that CSS uses to lay out line boxes in an inline formatting context.


descent-override: normal;
descent-override: 90%;


The default value. When used the metric value is obtained from the font file.
A <percentage> value.

Formal definition

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Formal syntax



Overriding metrics of a fallback font

The descent-override property can help when overriding the metrics of a fallback font to better match those of a primary web font.

@font-face {
  font-family: web-font;
  src: url("");

@font-face {
  font-family: local-font;
  src: local(Local Font);
  descent-override: 125%;


Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 4
The definition of 'descent-override' in that specification.
Working Draft

Browser compatibility

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See also