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The border-inline-start CSS property is a shorthand property for setting the individual logical inline start border property values in a single place in the style sheet. border-inline-start can be used to set the values for one or more of: border-inline-start-width, border-inline-start-style, border-inline-start-color. It maps to a physical border depending on the element's writing mode, directionality, and text orientation. It corresponds to the border-topborder-rightborder-bottom, or border-left property depending on the values defined for writing-mode, direction, and text-orientation.

It relates to border-block-start, border-block-end, and border-inline-end, which define the other borders of the element.

Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies toall elements
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


border-inline-start: 1px;
border-inline-start: 2px dotted;
border-inline-start: medium dashed green;


One or more of the following, in any order:

See border-width
See border-style
See color

Formal syntax

<'border-width'> || <'border-style'> || <'color'>

<color> = <rgb()> | <rgba()> | <hsl()> | <hsla()> | <hex-color> | <named-color> | currentcolor | <deprecated-system-color>

<rgb()> = rgb( <rgb-component>#{3} )
<rgba()> = rgba( <rgb-component>#{3} , <alpha-value> )
<hsl()> = hsl( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage> )
<hsla()> = hsla( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value> )
<named-color> = <ident>
<deprecated-system-color> = ActiveBorder | ActiveCaption | AppWorkspace | Background | ButtonFace | ButtonHighlight | ButtonShadow | ButtonText | CaptionText | GrayText | Highlight | HighlightText | InactiveBorder | InactiveCaption | InactiveCaptionText | InfoBackground | InfoText | Menu | MenuText | Scrollbar | ThreeDDarkShadow | ThreeDFace | ThreeDHighlight | ThreeDLightShadow | ThreeDShadow | Window | WindowFrame | WindowText

<rgb-component> = <integer> | <percentage>
<alpha-value> = <number>
<hue> = <number>


HTML Content

  <p class="exampleText">Example text</p>

CSS Content

div {
  background-color: yellow;
  width: 120px;
  height: 120px;

.exampleText {
  writing-mode: vertical-rl;
  border-inline-start: 5px dashed blue;


Specification Status Comment
CSS Logical Properties Level 1
The definition of 'border-inline-start' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support Not supported 41.0 (41.0)[1] Not supported Not supported Not supported
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported 41.0 (41.0)[1] Not supported Not supported Not supported

[1] Available since Gecko 38, but behind the preference layout.css.vertical-text.enabled, then disabled by default.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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 Last updated by: Sebastianz,