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This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone CSS property is a Microsoft extension that specifies a value that defines the width of the hyphenation zone.

This property is read/write.

Initial value0
Applies toblock container elements
PercentagesCalculated with respect to the line box
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


The -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone property is specified as one of the following values.



Integer, followed by a percent sign (%) that specifies the width of the hyphenation zone, calculated with respect to the line box.

Negative values are not allowed.


A floating-point number, followed by a relative units designator, that indicates the width of the hyphenation zone. For more information about supported length units, see CSS basic data types.

Negative values are not allowed.

Formal syntax

<percentage> | <length>


Not part of any specification.


The -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone property enables you to control the amount of trailing whitespace permitted during hyphenation. The hyphenation zone is always at the logical right side of the padding box.

A word is considered for hyphenation only if it begins at or outside of the logical left limit of the hyphenation zone.

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