The text-decoration-style CSS property defines the style of the lines specified by text-decoration-line. The style applies to all lines: there is no way to define different styles for each of the lines defined by 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.

Initial valuesolid
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


/* 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;


solid double dotted dashed wavy
Is one of the following keywords :
Keyword Description Comment
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 Do not draw a line Do not use : use text-decoration-line: none instead
Is a keyword indicating to reuse the value calculated on the parent element.

Formal syntax

solid | double | dotted | dashed | wavy


.example { 
    text-decoration-line: underline;
    text-decoration-style: wavy;
    text-decoration-color: red;
<p class="example">This is how it looks.</p>


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 wasn't a shorthand before.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 57 6.0 (6.0) - 39.0 (39.0)-moz
36.0 (36.0)
No support 44 No support
wavy 57 6.0 (6.0) No support 44 No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 57 57 6.0 (6.0)- 39.0 (39.0)-moz
36.0 (36.0)
No support 44 No support
wavy 57 57 6.0 (6.0) No support 44 No support

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