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The letter-spacing CSS property specifies spacing behavior between text characters.

  • Initial value normal
  • Applies to all elements
  • Inherited yes
  • Media visual
  • Computed value an optimum value consisting of either an absolute length or the keyword normal
  • Animatable yes, as a length
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: normal | <length>
letter-spacing: normal

letter-spacing: 0.3em
letter-spacing: 3px
letter-spacing: .3px

letter-spacing: inherit


The spacing is the normal spacing for the current font. This value allows the user agent to alter the space between characters in order to justify text. That's the difference to the length value 0.
Indicates inter-character space in addition to the default space between characters. Values may be negative, but there may be implementation-specific limits. User agents may not further increase or decrease the inter-character space in order to justify text.
See <length> values for possible units.


Having a css style of:

p { letter-spacing: 0.4em }

and a webpage with the code:

<p> letter spacing </p>

will produce the following:

letter spacing

Here are some more letter spacing examples:

letter-spacing: 0.1em
letter-spacing: 0.5em
letter-spacing: 0.8em
letter-spacing: 1em
letter-spacing: -0.05em
letter-spacing: 6px


Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Level 3 Working Draft Replace the previous values with a <spacing-limit> value that allows up to three values describing the optimum, minimum, and maximum value.
CSS Transitions Working Draft Defines letter-spacing as animatable.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation No change.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) Recommendation Initial SVG specification.
CSS Level 1 Recommendation Initial specification

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
HTML support 1.0 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
SVG support (Yes) Not supported (bug 371787) ? (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
HTML support ? ? ? ? ?
SVG support ? ? ? ? ?

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