How to align an icon or glyph with text

What’s the correct way to get an icon to show up on the same line as some text? (For example: a check-mark icon next to some words)

Here’s how I did it on my home page:

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textandcheckmark How to align an icon or glyph with text
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Aligning an icon or glyphicon with text
Description
Using HTML and CSS, a quick and easy way to align icons or glyphicons next to some text on the same line.
Diane Metcalf
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