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Summary

The word-spacing CSS property specifies the spacing behavior between tags and words.

Initial valuenormal
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inheritedyes
Percentagesrefer to the width of the affected glyph
Mediavisual
Computed valuean optimum, minimum, and maximum value, each consisting of either an absolute length, a percentage, or the keyword normal
Animatableyes, as a length
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

/* Keyword value */
word-spacing: normal;

/* <length> values */
word-spacing: 3px;
word-spacing: 0.3em;

/* <percentage> values */
word-spacing: 50%;
word-spacing: 200%;

/* Global values */
word-spacing: inherit;
word-spacing: initial;
word-spacing: unset;

Values

normal
The normal inter-word space, as defined by the current font and/or the browser.
<length>
Specifies extra spacing in addition to the intrinsic inter-word spacing defined by the font. See <length> value for possible units.
<percentage>
Specifies the additional spacing as a percentage of the affected character’s advance width.

Formal syntax

normal | <length> | <percentage>

Examples

The following CSS code:

#mozdiv1 {
  word-spacing: 15px;
}

#mozdiv2 {
  word-spacing: 5em;
}

will style two <div> tags containing text as shown here:

example.png

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Level 3
The definition of 'word-spacing' in that specification.
Working Draft Replace the previous values with a <spacing-limit> value that defines the same value, plus the <percentage> value and allows up to three values describing the optimum, minimum, and maximum value.
CSS Transitions
The definition of 'word-spacing' in that specification.
Working Draft Defines word-spacing as animatable.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'word-spacing' in that specification.
Recommendation No change
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'word-spacing' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 6.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
Percentages Not supported 45.0 (45.0) Not supported Not supported ?
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? Not supported ? ? ?
Percentages ? 45.0 (45.0) ? ? ?

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