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CSS font-variant Property

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This font-variant CSS property sets the variation of the font family.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this property.

Default value: normal
Applies to: All elements
Inherited: Yes
Animatable: No. See animatable properties.
Version: CSS 1, 2, 3


The syntax of the property is given with:

normal | small-caps | initial | inherit

The example below shows the font-variant property in action.

p {
    font-variant: small-caps;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
normal Specifies a normal font face.
small-caps Specifies a font that is labeled as a small-caps font. If a small-caps font is not available, browsers will simulate this variant by taking a normal font and replacing the lowercase letters by scaled-down uppercase letters.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element font-variant property.

Note: In a small-caps font the lower case letters look similar to the uppercase ones, but in a smaller size and with slightly different proportions.

Browser Compatibility

The font-variant property is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 4+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 3.5+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS Fonts, CSS Text.

Related properties and at-rules: font, font-style, font-weight, font-size, line-height, font-family, @font-face.

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