Tailwind CSS capsize: Compose responsive & accessible leading-trim


A TailwindCSS plugin that generates leading-trim utility classes using Capsize.

npm install --save-dev tailwindcss-capsize


A proposed CSS property to remove the extra space from text bounding boxes, which affects optical alignment. This article from Microsoft Design outlines the problem and how the proposed solution works.


This plugin requires a fontMetrics key added to your Tailwind theme. It should be an object with keys matching those in your fontFamily definitions, and each key should have an object of the following shape:

    ascent: number
    descent: number
    lineGap: number
    unitsPerEm: number
    capHeight: number

These values can be determined by using the Capsize website, fontkit, FontDrop!, or some other means.

A full example

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
    theme: {
        fontFamily: {
            sans: ['Inter', 'sans-serif'],
        fontMetrics: {
            sans: {
                capHeight: 2048,
                ascent: 2728,
                descent: -680,
                lineGap: 0,
                unitsPerEm: 2816,
        fontSize: { ... },
        lineHeight: { ... },
    plugins: [require('tailwindcss-capsize')],


The new .capsize utility class should be applied to the direct parent element surrounding a text node. This class requires font-family, font-size, and line-height utilities to be applied at some point above it in the cascade in order for the required custom properties to be available.

<!-- Example using default TailwindCSS config -->

<p class="font-sans text-base leading-none capsize">Lorem ipsum dolor</p>



type: number (optional, default: 16)

The plugin assumes a root font-size of 16px when converting from rem values. To use a different value, pass it in (without units) to the plugin options.

require('tailwindcss-capsize')({ rootSize: 12 })


type: string (optional, default: 'capsize')

The default .capsize utility class can be replaced with a custom class name if preferred.

require('tailwindcss-capsize')({ className: 'leading-trim' })


type: 'modern' | 'classic' (optional, default: 'modern')

By default the plugin replaces the fontFamily, fontSize, and lineHeight core plugins, adding custom properties to the output of each which are used in the calc() expressions in the utility class.

.font-sans {
+   --ascent-scale: 0.9688;
+   --descent-scale: 0.2415;
+   --cap-height-scale: 0.7273;
+   --line-gap-scale: 0;
+   --line-height-scale: 1.2102;
    font-family: Inter, sans-serif;

If you need to support browsers that don’t support custom properties, setting mode to 'classic' will handle all the calculation at build-time before the CSS is output. This will require that the markup matches a specific selector format.

require('tailwindcss-capsize')({ mode: 'classic' })

Tips and tricks

Text truncation and line clamping

Sometimes an interface calls for truncating text to a single line or clamping text to a specified number of lines. Applying these methods to the same element that the default .capsize class is applied to will cause issues since the class assigns pseudo ::before and ::after elements to that element.

<!-- ❌ Does NOT work -->

<p class="font-sans text-base leading-none capsize truncate">
    Text to be truncated to a single line

To solve this, a child element to the element with the .capsize class should wrap the text. This element should receive the styling to truncate or line clamp.

<!-- βœ… Does work! -->

<p class="font-sans text-base leading-none capsize">
    <span class="truncate">Text to be truncated to a single line</span>


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Download details:

Author: stormwarning
Source: https://github.com/stormwarning/tailwindcss-capsize

License: ISC license

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