What is android:ems attribute in Edit Text?

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What means Ems? (Android TextView)

In EditText there is an attribute named android:ems. The description is "Makes the EditText be exactly this many ems wide"

What does ems mean?

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~ Asked on 2012-04-23 05:40:39

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Taken from: http://www.w3.org/Style/Examples/007/units:

The em is simply the font size. In an element with a 2in font, 1em thus means 2in. Expressing sizes, such as margins and paddings, in em means they are related to the font size, and if the user has a big font (e.g., on a big screen) or a small font (e.g., on a handheld device), the sizes will be in proportion. Declarations such as 'text-indent: 1.5em' and 'margin: 1em' are extremely common in CSS.

em is basically CSS property for font sizes.

~ Answered on 2012-04-23 05:44:21


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An "em" is a typographical unit of width, the width of a wide-ish letter like "m" pronounced "em". Similarly there is an "en". Similarly "en-dash" and "em-dash" for – and —

-Tim Bray

~ Answered on 2012-04-23 05:44:10


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