William Poussier William Poussier - 2 months ago 18
CSS Question

span word-wrap in list elements

I am trying to have multiple

elements in a list item. They are suppose to be
of course. When i add the
word-wrap: break-word
property to one of the
elements, i am expecting the words to wrap, but the element also wrap.

In this fiddle you can clearly see that the
element with class
is behind the element
. I would like these elements inline but with a word wrapping for the second with class

What I am trying to achive could be compared to twitch.tv chat messages structure.
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The twitch.tv HTML for a message is the following:

<li class="ember-view message-line chat-line" id="ember6565">
<div class="indicator"></div>
<span class="timestamp float-left">3:34</span>
<span class="badges float-left"></span>
<span class="from" style="color:#D2691E">yourusername</span>
<span class="colon">:</span>
<span class="message" style="undefined">message here</span>



Maybe the following might be what you need.

I added white-space: nowrap to the li elements to keep the inline child elements on one line.

You then need to add white-space: normal to the .message span to keep the break-word-wrapping the way you need it. Remember that white-space is inherited, so you need to reset it to normal for the inline span.

.messages {
  list-style-type: none;
  width: 100px;
  border: 1px dotted blue;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
.messages li {
  white-space: nowrap;
.messages li .message {
  white-space: normal;
  word-wrap: break-word;
  background-color: tan;
<ul class="messages">
    <span class="name">wILL</span>
    <span class="message">sakdjfhskdjhfksjahflkjhldkjsakljfhalskdfhqweqweqeqeqweqweqweqweqweqwe</span>