The word-spacing CSS property sets the length of space between words and between tags.

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

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

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



The normal inter-word spacing, as defined by the current font and/or the browser.


Specifies extra spacing in addition to the intrinsic inter-word spacing defined by the font.



<div id="mozdiv1">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.</div>
<div id="mozdiv2">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.</div>


#mozdiv1 {
  word-spacing: 15px;

#mozdiv2 {
  word-spacing: 5em;

Accessibility concerns

A large positive or negative word-spacing value will make the sentences the styling is applied to unreadable. For text styled with a very large positive value, the words will be so far apart that it will no longer appear to be a sentence. For text styled with a large negative value, the words will overlap each other to the point where the beginning and end of each word is unrecognizable.

Legible word-spacing must be determined on a case-by-case basis, as different font families have different character widths. There is no one value that can ensure all font families automatically maintain their legibility.

Formal definition

Initial valuenormal
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Percentagesrefer to the width of the affected glyph
Computed valueabsolute <length>
Animation typea length

Formal syntax

word-spacing = 
normal |


CSS Text Module Level 3
# word-spacing-property

Browser compatibility

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See also