The line-height-step CSS property sets the step unit for line box heights. When the property is set, line box heights are rounded up to the closest multiple of the unit.

/* Point values */
line-height-step: 18pt;


The line-height-step property is specified as any one of the following:


The specified <length> is used in the calculation of the line box height step.

Formal definition

Initial value0
Applies toblock containers
Computed valueabsolute <length>
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax



Setting step unit for line box height

In the following example, the height of line box in each paragraph is rounded up to the step unit. The line box in <h1> does not fit into one step unit and thus occupies two, but it is still centered within the two step unit.

:root {
  font-size: 12pt;
  --my-grid: 18pt;
  line-height-step: var(--my-grid);
h1 {
  font-size: 20pt;
  margin-top: calc(2 * var(--my-grid));

The result of these rules is shown below in the following screenshot:

How the line-height-step property affects the appearance of text.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Rhythmic Sizing
The definition of 'line-height-step' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

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See also