word-wrap

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for the proper prefixes to use in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the spec changes.

Summary

The word-wrap CSS property is used to specify whether or not the browser may break lines within words in order to prevent overflow (in other words, force wrapping) when an otherwise unbreakable string is too long to fit in its containing box.

Note: Originally a Microsoft (unprefixed) proprietary extension, the word-wrap property has been renamed overflow-wrap in the current draft of the CSS3 Text specification. word-wrap is now considered an "alternate name" for overflow-wrap. Stable builds of Google Chrome and Opera support the new syntax.

Syntax

Formal syntax: normal | break-word
word-wrap: normal
word-wrap: break-word

word-wrap: inherit

Values

normal
Indicates that lines may only break at normal word break points.
break-word
Indicates that normally unbreakable words may be broken at arbitrary points if there are no otherwise acceptable break points in the line.

Examples

p { width: 13em; background: gold; }

FStrPrivFinÄndG (Gesetz zur Änderung des Fernstraßenbauprivatfinanzierungsgesetzes und straßenverkehrsrechtlicher Vorschriften)

p { width: 13em; background: gold; word-wrap: break-word; }

FStrPrivFinÄndG (Gesetz zur Änderung des Fernstraßenbauprivatfinanzierungsgesetzes und straßenverkehrsrechtlicher Vorschriften)

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Level 3 Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 3.5 (1.9.1) 1.0 5.5 10.5 1.0
Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (1.9.1) 1.0 ? ? 1.0
  • word-wrap:break-word can be used to work around lack of pre{white-space:pre-wrap} support in IE 5.5-7. See white-space for an example.
  • IE8 introduced -ms-word-wrap as a synonym for word-wrap. Don't use the -ms- prefix.

See also

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