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This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone CSS property is a Microsoft extension specifying the width of the hyphenation zone.

Initial value0
Applies toblock container elements
Percentagescalculated with respect to the width of the line box
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete




An integer followed by a percent sign (%), which specifies the width of the hyphenation zone, calculated with respect to the line box.

Negative values are not allowed.


A floating-point number, followed by a relative units designator, that indicates the width of the hyphenation zone. For more information about supported length units, see CSS basic data types.

Negative values are not allowed.

Formal syntax

  <percentage> | <length>


Not part of any specification.


The -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone property enables you to control the amount of trailing whitespace permitted during hyphenation. The hyphenation zone is always at the logical right side of the padding box.

A word is considered for hyphenation only if it begins at or outside of the logical left limit of the hyphenation zone.