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CSS ::first-letter Selector


What is ::first-letter Selector?

CSS ::first-letter element selector select first character of every paragraph to apply CSS style.

Only some CSS properties are used inside a ::first-letter declaration block. like all font properties, margin properties, padding properties, background properties, border properties, text color and text decoration properties.

Browser Compatibility

  • Google Chrome 2+
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0+
  • Internet Explorer 9+
  • Opera 10+
  • Safari 1.3+

Note: Here details of browser compatibility with version number may be this is bug and not supported. But recommended to always use latest Web browser.

Syntax

General syntax of ::first-letter selector,

/* CSS2 syntax */
element:first-letter {
	property: value;
	property: value;
	...
}

/* CSS3 syntax */
element::first-letter {
	property: value;
	property: value;
	...
}

Example:

CSS ::first-letter selector select first character of every paragraph to apply CSS style.

<style type="text/css">
    p::first-letter {
        font-size: 28px;
        color: #FF0000;
    }
</style>
</head>
<body>

    <p>This example is first-letter of every paragraph.</p>

    <p>This example is first-letter of another one paragraph.</p>

</body>

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Example Result: