letter-spacing

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The letter-spacing attribute controls spacing between text characters, in addition to any spacing from the kerning attribute.

If the attribute value is a unitless number (like 128), the browser processes it as a <length> in the current user coordinate system.

If the attribute value has a unit identifier, such as .25em or 1%, then the browser converts the <length> into its corresponding value in the current user coordinate system.

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

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

<svg viewBox="0 0 400 30" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
  <text y="20" letter-spacing="2">Bigger letter-spacing</text>
  <text x="200" y="20" letter-spacing="-0.5">Smaller letter-spacing</text>
</svg>

Usage notes

Value normal | <length>
Default value normal
Animatable Yes

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

As of May 2019, Firefox ignores letter-spacing and renders text without.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Module Level 3
The definition of 'letter-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 'letter-spacing' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
letter-spacingChrome ? Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

Legend

Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown

See also