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

    • Initial value normal
    • Applies to all elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
    • Inherited yes
    • Percentages refer to the width of the affected glyph
    • Media visual
    • Computed value an optimum, minimum, and maximum value, each consisting of either an absolute length, a percentage, or the keyword normal
    • Animatable yes, as a length
    • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


    word-spacing: normal;    /* Keyword value */
    word-spacing: 3px;       /* <length> values */
    word-spacing: 0.3em;
    word-spacing: inherit;


    The normal inter-word space, as defined by the current font and/or the browser.
    See <length> value for possible units.

    Formal syntax

    normal | <length>


    The following CSS code:

    #mozdiv1 {
      word-spacing: 15px;
    #mozdiv2 {
      word-spacing: 5em;

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



    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 specification.

    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)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

    See also

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