The word-spacing attribute specifies spacing behavior between words.

If a <length> is provided without a unit identifier (e.g. an unqualified number such as 128), the browser processes the <length> as a width value in the current user coordinate system.

If a <length> is provided with one of the unit identifiers (e.g. .25em or 1%), then the browser converts the <length> into a corresponding value in the current user coordinate system.

Note: As a presentation attribute, word-spacing can be used as a CSS property. See the CSS word-spacing property for more information.


You can use this attribute with the following SVG elements:

Usage notes

Value normal | <length>
Animatable Yes
Default values normal

For a description of the values, please refer to the CSS letter-spacing property.


This example includes two <text> elements with different word-spacing values.

<svg viewBox="0 0 250 50" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <text y="20" word-spacing="4">Bigger spacing between words</text>
  <text x="0" y="40" word-spacing="-0.5">Smaller spacing between words</text>


CSS Text Module Level 3
# word-spacing-property

Browser compatibility

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See also