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The Word Break Opportunity (
wbr) element represents a position within text where the browser may optionally break a line, though its line-breaking rules would not otherwise create a break at that location.
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This example uses the WBR element to create line breaks. In contrast, the NOBR element does not break lines.
<NOBR>This line of text will not break, no matter how narrow the window gets.</NOBR> <NOBR>This one, however,<WBR> will break after the word "however," if the window gets small enough.</NOBR>
A soft line break is a point inside a NOBR section at which a line break is permitted but not required.On UTF-8 encoded pages,
behaves like the U+200B ZERO-WIDTH SPACE code point. In particular, it behaves like a Unicode bidi BN code point, meaning it has no effect on bidi-ordering:
For the same reason, the <wbr> element does not introduce a hyphen at the line break point. To make a hyphen appear only at the end of a line, use the soft hyphen character entity (­) instead.
- HTML 4.01 Specification (Obsolete)
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