Help with space in visual layout

Twine Version: 2.8.1
[story format Harlowe, as far as I can tell!]

Hi all,
I am afraid I need some help.

I have written and laid out a text using a LaTeX editor. This gives me an HTML code that Twine does not seem to comprehend.

For example, this composition

is the result of the code

\hspace{30mm}(let it\vfill
\hspace{10mm}swing \vfill

(I am a beginner in all of these, so bear with me if the above is not quite right).

I am trying to make the text more interactive by pouring it into Twine, and so far, so good, but I am missing ways to control the creation of space on the screen, like in the screenshot above.

I have figured out I can mess around with columns and whatnot, but this will not solve the myriad of compositions I’d like to transfer.

Would you have any tips?
Thanks so very much!

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To get this, you can use HTML/CSS

<span style="margin-left:1em">30mm}(let it</span>
<span style="text-align: right">you</span>
<span style="margin-left:2em">50mm}gently.)</span>

(adjust as needed, could be div instead of span)

Or use the Harlowe alignment markup:

There are also a bunch of general styling option starting from this paragraph:

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If I understand your problem right — absolute positioning — this is a hard problem to solve in HTML. Depending on the context and, although it’s text handling is a little on the primitive side, I might suggest doing this with nested SVG instead. For example.

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thanks so much for this, I have tried it out and I can see the 30mm and the 50mm on the visible text, but I will see how to mess with it.
Fabulous leads - thank you!


Thank you!
Even finding the right forum threads has been hard, because I am not sure what to call what I need, so this is great to have.
Thanks so much!

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You might be interested in The Twine Grimoire, a series of tutorials on customising Twine with HTML and CSS, by Grim Baccaris, one of the preeminent Twine authors in the use of multimedia (and a fantastic writer too).

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oh my bad I didn’t remove all the relevant text when editing the code :joy:

<span style="margin-left:1em">(let it</span>
<span style="text-align: right">you</span>
<span style="margin-left:2em">gently.)</span>

here you go

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There are layout tools in CSS specifically for this sort of application. In this case I think you’d want to make a CSS grid and then just place the text on it.

My number one reference for Grid is always this: A Complete Guide to CSS Grid | CSS-Tricks - CSS-Tricks

In this case, you probably want 8 columns of equal width, and 4 rows of equal height to put your text in.


.grid_area {
    display: grid;
    grid-template-columns: repeat(8, 1fr);
    grid-template-rows: repeat(4, 2em);
    align-items: center;


<div class="grid_area">
    <div style="grid-area: 1 / 3">(let it</div>
    <div style="grid-area: 2 / 1">swing</div>
    <div style="grid-area: 3 / 8">you</div>
    <div style="grid-area: 4 / 5">gently.)</div>

Which produces

You can adjust the vertical spacing by changing the 2em in the grid-template-rows line.

Thank you, definitely checking this out!

thanks again!

thank you, I did not even know I could do grids!
That’ll definitely come handy - thank you!

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Thanks for posting this - great to get some good tips/ideas on this topic :grinning:

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