CSS ::first-line Selector


Example

Select and style the first line of every <p> element:

p::first-line {
    background-color: yellow;
}

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Definition and Usage

The ::first-line selector is used to add a style to the first line of the specified selector.

Note: The following properties can be used with ::first-line: 

  • font properties
  • color properties 
  • background properties
  • word-spacing
  • letter-spacing
  • text-decoration
  • vertical-align
  • text-transform
  • line-height
  • clear

Note: The ::first-line selector can only be used with block-level elements.

Version: CSS1

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specifies the first browser version that fully supports the selector.

Selector
::first-line 1.0 9.0
Partial from 5.5
1.0 1.0 7.0
Partial from 3.5

Note: IE 5.5-8 and Opera 4-6 only support the old, single-colon CSS2 syntax (:first-line). Newer versions support the standard, double-colon CSS3 syntax (::first-line).


CSS Syntax

::first-line {
    css declarations;
} Demo

Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Pseudo elements



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