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


/* 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.


Text is laid out using default settings.
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.
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

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


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";


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