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The text-emphasis-color CSS property sets the color of emphasis marks. This value can also be set using the text-emphasis shorthand.

/* Initial value */
text-emphasis-color: currentcolor;

/* <color> */
text-emphasis-color: #555;
text-emphasis-color: blue;
text-emphasis-color: rgba(90, 200, 160, 0.8);
text-emphasis-color: transparent;

/* Global values */
text-emphasis-color: inherit;
text-emphasis-color: initial;
text-emphasis-color: unset;

Syntax

Values

<color>
Defines the color of the emphasis marks. If no color is present, it defaults to currentcolor.

Formal definition

Initial valuecurrentcolor
Applies toall elements
Inheritedno
Computed valuecomputed color
Animation typea color

Formal syntax

<color>

where
<color> = <rgb()> | <rgba()> | <hsl()> | <hsla()> | <hex-color> | <named-color> | currentcolor | <deprecated-system-color>

where
<rgb()> = rgb( <percentage>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgb( <number>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgb( <percentage>#{3} , <alpha-value>? ) | rgb( <number>#{3} , <alpha-value>? )
<rgba()> = rgba( <percentage>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgba( <number>{3} [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | rgba( <percentage>#{3} , <alpha-value>? ) | rgba( <number>#{3} , <alpha-value>? )
<hsl()> = hsl( <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | hsl( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? )
<hsla()> = hsla( <hue> <percentage> <percentage> [ / <alpha-value> ]? ) | hsla( <hue>, <percentage>, <percentage>, <alpha-value>? )

where
<alpha-value> = <number> | <percentage>
<hue> = <number> | <angle>

Examples

Emphasis with a color and custom character

CSS

em {
  text-emphasis-color: green;
  text-emphasis-style: "*";
}

HTML

<p>Here's an example:</p>

<em>This has emphasis marks!</em>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Decoration Module Level 3
The definition of 'text-emphasis' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
text-emphasis-colorChrome Full support 25
Prefixed
Full support 25
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Edge Full support 79
Prefixed
Full support 79
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Full support 46
Full support 46
No support 45 — 49
Disabled
Disabled From version 45 until version 49 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.text-emphasis.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 15
Prefixed
Full support 15
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari Full support 6.1
Full support 6.1
Full support 6.1
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
WebView Android Full support 4.4
Prefixed
Full support 4.4
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Chrome Android Full support 25
Prefixed
Full support 25
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Firefox Android Full support 46
Full support 46
No support 45 — 49
Disabled
Disabled From version 45 until version 49 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.text-emphasis.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support 14
Prefixed
Full support 14
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Safari iOS Full support 7
Full support 7
Full support 7
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-
Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.5
Prefixed
Full support 1.5
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -webkit-

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

See also

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