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HTML wbr Tag with Example

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HTML <wbr> tag stands for Word Break that specifies word break.

The wbr element’s purpose is to suggest the browser where within a word/phrase would be the most appropriate point for it to be broken (that is indicated with hyphen) in the event that the browser viewport or containing element is reduced in size such that wrapping occurs.

The difference between the wbr tag and the <br> tag is that the br tag forces the browser to take a line break where as on the other hand wbr tag simply represents a line break opportunity and then browser should only render a line-break if necessary.

The wbr tag is an empty tag. In other words, it has no end tag.

Note: HTML <wbr> tag is newly introduced in HTML5. The <wbr> tag is mostly supported by all major web browsers.

Sample Code

<p>
    This is the HTML wbr tag that represents the text without the <wbr />
    Word<wbr />Break<wbr />Text. So its different from HTML br tag
</p>

Sample Result

This is the HTML wbr tag that represents the text without the WordBreakText. So its different from HTML br tag

Note: You can see the output and it’ll break text when you resize the browser and element doesn’t have space to show full text, it’ll break from the wpr tag.

Tip: You can see the complete List of HTML Elements here.

Standard Attributes Support

HTML <wbr> tag supports mostly all HTML Attributes. Following are some most common attributes that are used by <wbr> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
class user_defined Represents a style for an element which is used in CSS style sheet
id user_defined Represents unique id for an element
style css_properties Represents an inline style for an element for e.g style=”color:red;text-decoration:underline;”
title user_defined Represents a tooltip information for an elements like img, a, abbr etc

Event Attributes Support

The “script” is invoked when a certain “event” occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event. HTML <wbr> tag supports mostly all HTML Event Attributes. Following are some most common event attributes that are used by <wbr> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Event Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
onclick script Event Fires immediately when mouse click on the specified element
ondblclick script Event Fires immediately when mouse double-click on the specified element
onkeydown script Event Fires immediately when user is pressing a down key from keyboard
onkeypress script Event Fires immediately when user presses a key from keyboard
onkeyup script Event Fires immediately when user releases a key from keyboard
onmousedown script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets down from an element
onmousemove script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseout script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets out from an element
onmouseover script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseup script Event Fires immediately when a mouse pointer is released over an element
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