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CSS white-space Property

Published on September 3, 2020
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Alligator.io

CSS white-space Property

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white-space is a CSS property that helps control how whitespace and line breaks within an element’s text are treated.

The white-space property can take these values:

  • normal: The default value. Multiple whitespaces are collapsed into one. The text wraps to the next line when needed.
  • nowrap: Multiple whitespaces are collapsed into one, but the text doesn’t wrap to the next line. We’ve already discussed how to use the nowrap value to prevent line breaks.
  • pre: Same results as using the <pre> where all the whitespaces will be kept as is and the text only wraps when line breaks are in the content.
  • pre-line: Multiple whitespaces are collapsed into one, the text breaks to the next line when needed or with line breaks in the content.
  • pre-wrap: Similar to pre, but the text also wraps when needed.

white-space: normal

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white-space: nowrap

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white-space: pre

Here I manually included line breaks and extra spaces. Notice the extra line break at the beginning. That’s because in the markup the text start on the line after the <p> element.

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snapper Sacramento splittail giant danio.

pre-line

Here the text breaks when needed, but I also manually broke the last few words. I included the same extra whitespaces, but they are now collapsed.

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pre-wrap

Now the extra whitespaces aren’t collapsed.

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