The CSS reference

":first-line" - css pseudo-element (v. css 1)

  • Will add a style to the first line of a text.
  • HTML usage: all elements
  • Note: that the length of the first line depends on a number of factors, including the width of the page, the font size, etc.
  • You can, of course, control the length of the first line with a <br> tag.
  • Browsers that support the :first-line - pseudo-element :
    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Opera Google Chrome Apple Safari
    Browser deviation:
    • To work in IE, a DOCTYPE must be declared.

Pseudo-element ":first-line" example:

    <title>Page title</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      p#onlythis:first-line {
      <p id='onlythis'>This first line will be red <br>
        and this line black.<br>
    <p><b>Note:</b> For :first-line to work in
      IE, a DOCTYPE must be declared.</p>
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