December 13, 2012 | Less than 1 minute to read
Everyone who has fought with word-wrapping in HTML layouts is familiar with the
HTML entity. This special “space” character appears like a normal space to the end-user, but the browser won’t break this space to wrap a line.
Recently, I needed the opposite of
- instead of a non-breaking space, I needed a breaking non-space. Luckily, there’s a Unicode character that fits this description: it’s named the ZERO-WIDTH-SPACE character. When the browser goes to wrap a line, it offers itself up as a valid line-wrap location. Using this character is as simple as placing
​ in your HTML where you’d like the potential line-break to happen.
I’ve discovered a better way to accomplish this same behavior: the
<wbr> element. It’s probably best to prefer
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