This chapter discusses design patterns that create drop caps. A drop cap dramatically styles the first letter of a document to signal that it is the beginning of a document. Sometimes it is used at the beginning of a major section of a longer document. Sometimes it styles a word instead of just the first letter.
Typically, the drop cap enlarges the first letter and lowers it so that the top of the letter is aligned to the top of the following text, but there is no limit to how the drop cap can be styled.
The design patterns in this chapter are organized from simplest to most complex.