Html – No line-break after a hyphen

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I'm looking to prevent a line break after a hyphen - on a case-by-case basis that is compatible with all browsers.

Example:

I have this text: 3-3/8" which in HTML is this: 3-3/8”

The problem is that near the end of a line, because of the hyphen, it breaks and wraps to the next line instead of treating it like a full word…

3-
3/8"

I've tried inserting the "zero width no break character",  with no luck…

3-3/8”

I'm seeing this in Safari and thinking it will be the same in all browsers.

The following is my doctype and character encoding…

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
   "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />

Is there any way I can prevent these from line-breaking after the hyphen? I do not need any solution that applies to the whole page… just something I can insert as needed, like a "zero width no break character", except one that works.

Here is a Demo. Simply make the frame narrower until the line breaks at the hyphen.

http://jsfiddle.net/RagKH/

Best Solution

Try using the non-breaking hyphen &#8209;. I've replaced the dash with that character in your jsfiddle, shrunk the frame down as small as it can go, and the line doesn't split there any more.

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