The text-decoration-skip CSS property sets what parts of an element’s content any text decoration affecting the element must skip over. It controls all text decoration lines drawn by the element and also any text decoration lines drawn by its ancestors.

Note: Most other browsers are converging on supporting the simpler text-decoration-skip-ink property.

/* Keyword values */
text-decoration-skip: none;
text-decoration-skip: objects;
text-decoration-skip: spaces;
text-decoration-skip: edges;
text-decoration-skip: box-decoration;

/* Multiple keywords */
text-decoration-skip: objects spaces;
text-decoration-skip: leading-spaces trailing-spaces;
text-decoration-skip: objects edges box-decoration;

/* Global values */
text-decoration-skip: inherit;
text-decoration-skip: initial;
text-decoration-skip: unset;



Nothing is skipped. Thus, text decoration is drawn for all text content and across atomic inline-level boxes.
The entire margin box of the element is skipped if it is an atomic inline such as an image or inline-block.
All spacing is skipped: all Unicode white space characters and all word separators, plus any adjacent letter-spacing or word-spacing.
The same as spaces, except that only leading spaces are skipped.
The same as spaces, except that only trailing spaces are skipped.
The start and end of the text decoration is inset slightly (e.g., by half of the line thickness) from the content edge of the decorating box. Thus, adjacent elements receive separate underlines. (This is important in Chinese, where underlining is a form of punctuation.)
An example of "text-decoration-skip: edges;".
The text decoration is skipped over the box's margin, border, and padding areas. This only has an effect on decorations imposed by an ancestor; a decorating box never draws over its own box decoration.

Formal definition

Initial valueobjects
Applies toall elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

none | [ objects || [ spaces | [ leading-spaces || trailing-spaces ] ] || edges || box-decoration ]


Skipping edges


<p>Hey, grab a cup of <em>coffee!</em></p>


p {
  margin: 0;
  font-size: 3em;
  text-decoration: underline;
  text-decoration-skip: edges;



Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Decoration Module Level 4
The definition of 'text-decoration-skip' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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See also