nowrap (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 3.2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

nowrap="nowrap"

Description

If you need to ensure that the contents of a cell always remains as they are, and don’t wrap, use the nowrap attribute. You might use nowrap in a table cell that contains a telephone number which may contain one or more spaces, but should be output on one line to ensure clarity.

Note that this attribute, which is now deprecated, has a much better alternative in the form of the CSS property white-space (which can be set to "nowrap").

The example HTML shows the nowrap attribute used in an XHTML-compliant way, but it could equally be expressed in HTML 4.01 as follows:

<td nowrap>+44 01793 001100</td>

Example

Here, the td contents are set not to wrap:

<td nowrap="nowrap">+44 01793 001100</td>

Value

"nowrap" is the only value this attribute can take.

Compatibility

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5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
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Excellent browser support is provided, but given that this is a deprecated attribute, you should opt for the CSS alternative instead (td {white-space: nowrap;}).

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