Nowrap for CSS

Today I learned that there is a “nowrap” equivalent in CSS. Nowrap is an attribute of the td or th tag that is deprecated in HTML 4.01. Nowrap tells the table cell not to automatically wrap the text contained in the cell.

The CSS 2.1 specification has a property called “white-space.” One of the values of white-space is nowrap. I tested this property, and it works the same as nowrap does. I also confirmed that it works in IE6, IE7 and Firefox 2.

So, if text automatically wrapping is a problem for you, don’t use “nowrap” because it is deprecated. Instead use the white-space property, with nowrap for the value. I added the property as an inline style rather than in the stylesheet, so that I didn’t have to create another class and I can use it only where it is needed. How you use it is up to you.