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Flex Text Alignment & Layout

I know it’s super simple, but I’ve been banging my head on text layout for a couple of hours. I wanted 2 text boxes to have less space between them (leading) than the default. After trying many approaches, I finally figured out that I can set a negative paddingBottom to achieve the desired effect.

Flex Code:

	<mx:Text text="Line 1" styleName="line1Style"/>
	<mx:Text text="Line 2" styleName="line2Style"/>


.line1Style {
	fontSize: 38;
	fontWeight: bold;

.line2Style {
	fontSize: 16;

While investigating this effect, I also found some other interesting layout resources:
Adobe’s Quickstart guide to positioning
Kevin Hoyt’s review of positioning in Flex




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