The hyphens property controls whether hyphenation is allowed to create more soft wrap opportunities within a line of text.

  • Initial valuemanual
  • Applies toAll elements
  • InheritedYes
  • MediaVisual
  • Computed valueSpecified value
  • AnimatableNo
  • CSS VersionCSS3
  • JavaScript syntaxobject.style.hyphens
Formal syntax: none | manual | auto 

hyphens: none;
hyphens: manual;
hyphens: auto;
  • noneWords are not hyphenated, even if characters inside the word explicitly define hyphenation opportunities.
  • manualWords are only hyphenated where there are characters inside the word that explicitly suggest hyphenation opportunities.
  • autoThe browser is free to automatically break words at appropriate hyphenation points, following whatever rules it chooses to use.
.class {
   hyphens: auto; 
}
6+Firefox10+Explorer13+Chrome5.1+SafarinoOpera


Last updated on 23rd March 2014 By Rene Spronk

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