CSS Reference

"page-break-before" - css property (v. css 2)

  • Indicates the page-breaking behavior before an element
  • Initial value: auto
  • The property is not inherited
  • HTML usage: block-level elements
  • Browsers that support the page-break-before - property :
    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Opera Google Chrome Apple Safari
    Browser deviation:
    • Firefox, Chrome, and Safari do not support the property values "avoid", "left" and "right".

Possible page-break-before values:

value Comments CSS
auto Neither force nor forbid a page break before the generated box. . 2
always Always force a page break before the generated box. 2
avoid Avoid a page break before the generated box. 2
left Force one or two page breaks before the generated box so that the next page is formatted as a left page. 2
right Force one or two page breaks before the generated box so that the next page is formatted as a right page. 2
inherit Will inherit the value from parent specification. 2

Javascript access:

// To SET values ([o] is the target object)
[o].style.pageBreakBefore="page-break-before value"
// To GET values you must first get the computed style object
// To get that object in IE or Opera:
var cStyle=[o].currentStyle;
// To get that object in Firefox, Chrome or Safari (w3c-type):
var cStyle=window.getComputedStyle([o],null)
// To GET the property value:;
var value=cStyle.pageBreakBefore;
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