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Recipe 1.16 Styling the First Line of a Paragraph


You want to set the first line of a paragraph in boldface, as in Figure 1-30.

Figure 1-30. The first line set to bold


Use the :first-line pseudo-element to set the style of the first line:

p:first-line {

 font-weight: bold;



Just like a class selector, a pseudo-element enables you to manipulate the style of parts of a web document. Unlike a class selector, however, resizing a browser window or changing the size of the font can change the area marked by a pseudo-element. In this Solution, the amount of text in the first line can change if the browser is resized, as shown in Figure 1-31.

Figure 1-31. The amount of text changing when the browser is resized

See Also

The CSS 2.1 specification for the :first-line pseudo-element at

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