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.

As a presentation attribute, it can be applied to any element but it has effect only on the following five elements: <altGlyph>, <text>, <textPath>, <tref>, and <tspan>

<svg viewBox="0 0 250 50" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <text y="20" word-spacing="2">Bigger spacing between words</text>
  <text x="0" y="40" word-spacing="-0.5">Smaller spacing between words</text>

Usage notes

Value normal | <length>
Animatable Yes
Default values normal

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

Prior to Firefox 72 Firefox ignored word-spacing and renders text without. 


Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Module Level 3
The definition of 'word-spacing' in that specification.
Working Draft SVG 2 just refers to the definition in CSS Text 3.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of 'word-spacing' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
word-spacingChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 73IE Full support 9Opera Full support YesSafari Full support 5.1WebView Android Full support ≤37Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 5.1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


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See also