I'm using Sketch app 46.2 and am creating a UI mockup where I'm changing the character spacing of some text to 0.2 (the default is 0) but I don't know how to communicate this to developers.

How do I translate this into an HTML/CSS specification that they'll understand? Thanks.

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The CSS property this relates to is letter-spacing.

It doesn't display it within Sketch's interface, but the value is in pixels. So for your example of 0.2, that would translate to letter-spacing: .2px;

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If you right click on any object within Sketch, you can Copy CSS Attributes and it'll grab as many attributes and values that particular object may have.

So in the context of a Text layer, this is the raw output:

/* Roundup of the lates: */ font-family: Lato-Light; font-size: 16px; color: #FFFFFF; letter-spacing: -0.1px; text-align: center;

Lastly, here's documentation of the spec:

And what the value actually does (emphasis mine):

Specifies extra inter-character space in addition to the default space between characters. Values may be negative, but there may be implementation-specific limits. User agents may not further increase or decrease the inter-character space in order to justify text.

  • No problem @duralexglass 👍 If you could mark my answer as correct, it'll help out others!
    – spjpgrd
    Mar 20, 2018 at 23:54
  • I tried to up vote it but I can't because my reputation is <15. I can't see a "mark as correct" option... Mar 22, 2018 at 0:39
  • @duralexglass — Ah, it's all good then :)
    – spjpgrd
    Mar 23, 2018 at 0:24

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