font-feature-settings

The font-feature-settings CSS property controls advanced typographic features in OpenType fonts.

Syntax

/* Use the default settings */
font-feature-settings: normal;

/* Set values for OpenType feature tags */
font-feature-settings: "smcp";
font-feature-settings: "smcp" on;
font-feature-settings: "swsh" 2;
font-feature-settings: "smcp", "swsh" 2;

/* Global values */
font-feature-settings: inherit;
font-feature-settings: initial;
font-feature-settings: unset;
Whenever possible, Web authors should instead use the font-variant shorthand property or an associated longhand property such as font-variant-ligatures, font-variant-caps, font-variant-east-asian, font-variant-alternates, font-variant-numeric or font-variant-position.

These lead to more effective, predictable, understandable results than font-feature-settings, which is a low-level feature designed to handle special cases where no other way exists to enable or access an OpenType font feature. In particular, font-feature-settings shouldn't be used to enable small caps.

Values

normal
Text is laid out using default settings.
<feature-tag-value>
When rendering text, the list of OpenType feature tag value is passed to the text layout engine to enable or disable font features. The tag is always a <string> of 4 ASCII characters. If it has more or less characters, or if it contains characters outside the U+20U+7E codepoint range, the whole property is invalid.
The value is a positive integer. The two keywords on and off are synonyms for 1 and 0 respectively. If no value is set, the default is 1. For non-Boolean OpenType features (e.g. stylistic alternates), the value implies a particular glyph to be selected; for Boolean values, it is a switch.

Formal definition

Initial valuenormal
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inheritedyes
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

normal | <feature-tag-value>#where <feature-tag-value> = <string> [ <integer> | on | off ]?

Examples

Enabling various font features

/* use small-cap alternate glyphs */
.smallcaps { font-feature-settings: "smcp" on; }

/* convert both upper and lowercase to small caps (affects punctuation also) */
.allsmallcaps { font-feature-settings: "c2sc", "smcp"; }

/* use zeros with a slash through them to differentiate from "O" */

.nicezero { font-feature-settings: "zero"; }

/* enable historical forms */
.hist { font-feature-settings: "hist"; }

/* disable common ligatures, usually on by default */
.noligs { font-feature-settings: "liga" 0; }

/* enable tabular (monospaced) figures */
td.tabular { font-feature-settings: "tnum"; }

/* enable automatic fractions */
.fractions { font-feature-settings: "frac"; }

/* use the second available swash character */
.swash { font-feature-settings: "swsh" 2; }

/* enable stylistic set 7 */
.fancystyle {
  font-family: Gabriola; /* available on Windows 7, and on Mac OS */
  font-feature-settings: "ss07";
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 3
The definition of 'font-feature-settings' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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See also