Deprecated since SVG 2
This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

SVG supports the built-in XML attribute xml:space to handle whitespace characters inside <text> elements. Child elements inside a <text> element may also have an xml:space attribute that overrides the parent's.

Note: Instead of using the xml:space attribute, use the white-space CSS property.

This attribute influences how browsers parse text content and therefore changes the way the DOM is built. Therefore, changing this attribute's value through the DOM API may have no effect.

Usage context

Categories None
Value default | preserve
Animatable No
Normative document SVG 1.1 (2nd Edition)
Whitespace characters will be processed in this order:
  1. Remove all newline characters.
  2. Convert all tab characters into space characters.
  3. Remove all leading and trailing space characters.
  4. Collapse all contiguous space characters into a single space.

The browser converts all newline and tab characters into spaces. Then, it draws all space characters (including leading, trailing and multiple consecutive space characters).

For example, when drawn with xml:space="preserve", the string "a   b" (three spaces between "a" and "b") separates "a" and "b" more than "a b" (one space between "a" and "b").



All SVG elements can use the xml:space attribute

Browser compatibility

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Basic support
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 3IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?


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Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

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