text-decoration-style

The text-decoration-style CSS property sets the style of the lines specified by text-decoration-line. The style applies to all lines that are set with text-decoration-line.

If the specified decoration has a specific semantic meaning, like a line-through line meaning that some text has been deleted, authors are encouraged to denote this meaning using an HTML tag, like <del> or <s>. As browsers can disable styling in some cases, the semantic meaning won't disappear in such a situation.

When setting multiple line-decoration properties at once, it may be more convenient to use the text-decoration shorthand property instead.

Syntax

/* Keyword values */
text-decoration-style: solid;
text-decoration-style: double;
text-decoration-style: dotted;
text-decoration-style: dashed;
text-decoration-style: wavy;

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

Values

solid
Draws a single line.
double
Draws a double line.
dotted
Draws a dotted line.
dashed
Draws a dashed line.
wavy
Draws a wavy line.
-moz-none This API has not been standardized.
Draws no line. Use text-decoration-line: none instead.

Formal definition

Initial valuesolid
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inheritedno
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

solid | double | dotted | dashed | wavy

Examples

Setting a wavy underline

.example {
       -moz-text-decoration-line: underline;
       -moz-text-decoration-style: wavy;
       -moz-text-decoration-color: red;
    -webkit-text-decoration-line: underline;
    -webkit-text-decoration-style: wavy;
    -webkit-text-decoration-color: red;
}

CSS

.wavy {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: wavy;
  text-decoration-color: red;
}

HTML

<p class="wavy">This text has a wavy red line beneath it.</p>

Results

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Decoration Module Level 3
The definition of 'text-decoration-style' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition. The text-decoration property is now a shorthand to define multiple related properties.

Browser compatibility

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See also

  • When setting multiple line-decoration properties at once, it may be more convenient to use the text-decoration shorthand property instead.