<string> CSS data type represents a sequence of characters. Strings are used in numerous CSS properties, such as
<string> data type is composed of any number of Unicode characters surrounded by either double (
") or single (
Most characters can be represented literally. All characters can also be represented with their respective Unicode code points in hexadecimal, in which case they are preceded by a backslash (
\). For example,
\22 represents a double quote,
\27 a single quote (
\A9 the copyright symbol (
Importantly, certain characters which would otherwise be invalid can be escaped with a backslash. These include double quotes when used inside a double-quoted string, single quotes when used inside a single-quoted string, and the backslash itself. For example,
\\ will create a single backslash.
To output new lines, you must escape them with a line feed character such as
\00000A. In your code, however, strings can span multiple lines, in which case each new line must be escaped with a
\ as the last character of the line.
However, to get new lines, you must also set the
white-space property to appropriate value.
Note: HTML entities (such as
—) cannot be used in a CSS
Examples of valid strings
/* Simple strings */ "This string is demarcated by double quotes." 'This string is demarcated by single quotes.' /* Character escaping */ "This is a string with \" an escaped double quote." "This string also has \22 an escaped double quote." 'This is a string with \' an escaped single quote.' 'This string also has \27 an escaped single quote.' "This is a string with \\ an escaped backslash." /* New line in a string */ "This string has a \Aline break in it." /* String spanning two lines of code (these two strings will have identical output) */ "A really long \ awesome string" "A really long awesome string"
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