text-decoration-color property can be used in conjunction with the
text-decoration-line property and the
text-decoration (shorthand) property to specify the color of any underlined, overlined, and line-through text.
Without using the
text-decoration-color property, any underline will typically appear in the same color as the text that it's underlining. The same applies to overline and line-through text. The
text-decoration-color allows you to specify a different color for the text and its line.
- The color of the text decoration (underlines overlines, and line-throughs) set on the element with
In addition, all CSS properties also accept the following CSS-wide keyword values as the sole component of their property value:
- Represents the value specified as the property's initial value.
- Represents the computed value of the property on the element's parent.
- This value acts as either
initial, depending on whether the property is inherited or not. In other words, it sets all properties to their parent value if they are inheritable or to their initial value if not inheritable.
Basic Property Information
- Initial Value
- Current color
- Applies To
- All elements
- Yes (see example)
Here's an example of a basic declaration. A declaration consists of the property and its value.
So it could be used like this:
Working Example within an HTML Document
text-decoration-colorproperty is defined in CSS Text Decoration Module Level 3 (W3C Candidate Recommendation 1 August 2013).
The following table provided by Caniuse.com shows the level of browser support for this feature.
For maximum browser compatibility many web developers add browser-specific properties by using extensions such as
-webkit- for Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera (newer versions),
-ms- for Internet Explorer,
-moz- for Firefox,
-o- for older versions of Opera etc. As with any CSS property, if a browser doesn't support a proprietary extension, it will simply ignore it.
This practice is not recommended by the W3C, however in many cases, the only way you can test a property is to include the CSS extension that is compatible with your browser.
The major browser manufacturers generally strive to adhere to the W3C specifications, and when they support a non-prefixed property, they typically remove the prefixed version. Also, W3C advises vendors to remove their prefixes for properties that reach Candidate Recommendation status.
Many developers use Autoprefixer, which is a postprocessor for CSS. Autoprefixer automatically adds vendor prefixes to your CSS so that you don't need to. It also removes old, unnecessary prefixes from your CSS.
You can also use Autoprefixer with preprocessors such as Less and Sass.