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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The line-break CSS property sets how to break lines of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (CJK) text when working with punctuation and symbols.

/* Keyword values */
line-break: auto;
line-break: loose;
line-break: normal;
line-break: strict;

/* Global values */
line-break: inherit;
line-break: initial;
line-break: unset;
Initial valueauto
Applies toall elements
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

Values

auto
Break text using the default line break rule.
loose
Break text using the least restrictive line break rule. Typically used for short lines, such as in newspapers.
normal
Break text using the most common line break rule.
strict
Break text using the most stringent line break rule.

Formal syntax

auto | loose | normal | strict

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Module Level 3
The definition of 'line-break' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome Full support 58
Full support 58
Full support 1
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 14Firefox No support NoIE Full support 5.5
Full support 5.5
Full support 8
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -ms-
Opera Full support 45
Full support 45
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari Full support YesWebView Android Full support 58
Full support 58
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Chrome Android Full support 58
Full support 58
Full support 18
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android Full support 45
Full support 45
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support 7.0
Full support 7.0
Full support Yes
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

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Last updated by: ddbeck,