Information Services Division


Silva CMS: add or remove white space between text or objects

Sometimes you want to create space e.g. between an image and the text below.

You can do this with a paragraph break, i.e. by pressing 'Enter', but this doesn't always have the desired effect.

You can use some very basic HTML to create white space.


  1. Don't use empty tables to create such a space as this is very unhelpful for people who use screen readers;
  2. Don't use full stops to create space.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff
  • IT Administrators

Before you start...

You will need to have Chief Editor, Editor or Author access in Silva;
You will need to have attended Silva training.

  1. Avoid using Internet Explorer when editing;
  2. Log on to the relevant website by adding /edit at the end of the web address or clicking on the small cross at the bottom of the page.


  1. Ensure you are in editing mode on the relevant page;
  2. Use the HTML: insert HTML code external code source and put <br> for one space and by adding more if you want more space i.e. <br><br><br> etc.;
  3. Click on add external source;
  4. Save and preview;
  5. Publish.

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