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CSS 1/2 Reference

CSS text-decoration property


The CSS text-decoration property allows us to decorate text.

Applies To

All elements.

Property Values

blink - Defines blinking text.

inherit - The text will inherit the decoration of its parent selector.

line-through - The text will have a line drawn through the centre of it.

none - Defines normal text with no decoration (default).

overline - The text will have a line drawn over it.

underline - The text will have a line drawn under it.

Default Value

Default value is set to none which produces no text decoration.


The text-decoration property is NOT inherited from the parent element.

Browser Anomalies

IE5, IE6 and IE7 do not support the inherit property value.
IE8 does with a valid !DOCTYPE.
IE9+ supports the inherit property value.

Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari do not recognize the blink property value.


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"  
<!-- Our HTML/CSS for the CSS text-decoration property follows -->
<html  xmlns="">
<title>CSS 1/2 Reference - CSS text-decoration Property</title>

<!-- Valid values for CSS text-decoration Property are:
	none, blink, inherit, line-through, overline and underline.

<style type="text/css">

/* Underline h1 headings */
h1 {
  text-decoration: underline;

/* Overline h2 headings */
h2 {
  text-decoration: overline;

/* Align h3 headings to the right */
h3 {
  text-decoration: line-through;

/* All paragraphs will blink */
p {
  text-decoration: blink;

/* All link text will be undecorated */
a {
  text-decoration: none;

<h1 id="linktoh1">All h1 Headings Will Be Underlined</h1>
<p>Using blink can be extremely distracting and annoying for users.</p>
<h2>All h2 Headings Will Be Overlined</h2>
<p>Using blink can be extremely distracting and annoying for users.</p>
<h3>All h3 Text Will have a Line Through The Middle</h3>
<p>Using blink can be extremely distracting and annoying for users.</p>
<a href="#linktoh1">Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It is an undecorated Link</a>

How It Looks

The results of using the text-decoration property with the values above will look something like the following:

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