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CSS3 outline-offset Property

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The outline-offset CSS property is used to set the space between an outline and the border edge or simply edge of an element.

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

Default value: 0
Applies to: All elements
Inherited: No
Animatable: yes. See animatable properties.
Version: New in CSS3


The syntax of the property is given with:

length | initial | inherit

The example below shows the outline-offset property in action.

p {
    border: 2px solid red;
    outline: 2px solid green;
    outline-offset: 10px;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
length Specifies the distance the outline from the border edge. The default value is 0. Negative values place the outline inside the element.
initial Sets this property to its default value.
inherit If specified, the associated element takes the computed value of its parent element outline-offset property.

Browser Compatibility

The outline-offset property is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 3.5+
  • Google Chrome 4+
  • Internet Explorer ×
  • Apple Safari 3.1+
  • Opera 10.5+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: CSS Outline, CSS Border.

Related properties: outline, outline-width, outline-style, outline-color.

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