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HTML wbr Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 2, 2019

HTML wbr Tag: Main Tips

  • <wbr> stands for word break opportunity. It means the browser will only add a line break if it needs to.
  • For a mandatory line break, use HTML5 br tag.
  • HTML <wbr> tag supports global attributes.

Definition of the Break Tag

When a word is too long, the browser can break it at unwanted places. By using the wbr tag, you can specify where the HTML5 line break should be if it's needed. It does not include a hyphen at the point of a line break.

Example
<p>longlonglonglong<wbr>"ThisIsUnbreakable"<wbr>longlonglonglong</p>

The wbr tag has only been introduced in HTML5. It is an empty element, which means it does not have a closing tag.

Note: if you use the <wbr> tag for an eventual URL break, do it before punctuation. A punctuation mark at the end of the line could be mistaken for the end of the URL.

Browser support

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Chrome
1+
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Edge
All
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Firefox
1+
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IE
5.5+
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Opera
11.6+
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Safari
4+

Mobile browser support

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Chrome
All
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Firefox
4+
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Opera
-
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Safari
-