Indent Text with CSS text-indent Property

Many times you would like to leave empty spaces before the starting line of a paragraph — a popular practice called indentation. This can be done with the text-indent CSS property which defines the length of the white space appearing before the first line.

/* set indent in CSS lengths */
text-indent: 20px;
text-indent: 1.5em;

/* negative values are also allowed */
text-indent: -10px;

/* set indent relative to the width of the element */
text-indent: 20%;

Demo

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HTML & CSS :

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#demo-container {
    background-color: #ecf0f1;
    text-indent: 100px;
}

Animation on the text-indent Property

The text-indent property is animatable.

Here is an alternative for the older <marquee> tag using animation on text-indent.

Javascript, CSS & HTML

HTML & CSS :

<div id="animate-container">Javascript, CSS & HTML</div>
#animate-container {
    background-color: #ecf0f1;
    color: #d35400;
    font-size: 20px;
    font-weight: 700;
    white-space: nowrap;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    overflow: hidden;
    padding: 20px 0;
    animation-name: text-indent-animate;
    animation-duration: 5s;
    animation-timing-function: linear;
    animation-direction: forwards;
    animation-iteration-count: infinite;
}

@keyframes text-indent-animate {
    0% {
        text-indent: -40%;   
    }

    100% {
        text-indent: 100%;
    }
}

For the above animation, the transform property would give a better performance. But this is just a use-case example of the text-indent property.