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    The outline-offset CSS property is used to set space between an outline and the edge or border of an element. An outline is a line that is drawn around elements, outside the border edge.

    The space will be transparent (the parent will determine the background).


    Formal syntax: <length>
    outline-offset: 3px
    outline-offset: 0.2em
    outline-offset: inherit


    The width of the space. See <length> for possible units. Negative values place the outline inside the element.


    p {
      outline: dashed thin;
      /* Move the outline 10px away from the border */
      outline-offset: 10px;
      border:1px solid black;


    <p>outline: offset 10px. Border is solid and outline is dashed</p>

    The code above produces this effect:

    Another example:

    outline: multiple offsets;


    Specification Status Comment
    CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3
    The definition of 'outline-offset' in that specification.
    Working Draft Initial definition
    CSS Transitions
    The definition of 'outline-offset' in that specification.
    Working Draft Defines outline-offset as animatable.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 1.0 1.5 (1.8) Not supported 9.5 1.2 (125)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

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    Last updated by: EliasH,