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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.

As of May 2019, Firefox ignores word-spacing and renders text without. Firefox 72 fixed this issue.


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 ? Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?


Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown

See also