Hyphenate anything

June 23, 2020

If you’re like me and keep running low on horizontal space in web design nowadays. Don’t worry - I have a nice solution.


If you do not care at all about language and words and breaking them in the “correct” way this is the way to do it.

function addSoftHyphensToWord(word) {
	return word.split('').join(String.fromCharCode(173));

function addSoftHyphens(text) {
	return text.split(' ').map(addSoftHyphensToWord).join(' ');

And in your CSS you add these rules.

.break-with-manual-hyphens {
	word-break: break-all;
	hyphens: manual;

Now your text will break anywhere. This is great.

Until next time.