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-ms-text-autospace property

Specifies the autospacing and narrow space width adjustment of text.

CSS Text Level 3, Section 9.4Internet Explorer 9



-ms-text-autospace: none | ideograph-alpha | ideograph-numeric | ideograph-parenthesis | ideograph-space

Property values

A variable of type String that specifies or receives one of the following values:

  • none
    Default. No effect takes place—that is, no extra space is added.

  • ideograph-alpha
    Creates extra spacing between runs of ideographic and non-ideographic text, such as Latin-based, Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, or Hebrew text.

  • ideograph-numeric
    Creates extra spacing between runs of ideographic text and numeric characters.

  • ideograph-parenthesis
    Creates extra spacing between a normal (non-wide) parenthesis and an ideograph.

  • ideograph-space
    Extends the width of the space character when it is adjacent to ideographs.

CSS information

Applies To All elements
Media visual
Inherited no
Initial Value

Standards information


Windows Internet Explorer 8. The -ms-text-autospace attribute is an extension to CSS, and can be used as a synonym for text-autospace in IE8 Standards mode.

An ideograph is a character in an Asian writing system that represents a concept or an idea, but not a particular word or pronunciation.

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