Why webkit line clamping does not work in firefox?


I use this webkit line clamp, it works in Chrome, but not in Firefox. The following is the code:

  overflow: hidden;
  text-overflow: ellipsis;
  display: -webkit-box;
  -webkit-box-orient: vertical;
  -webkit-line-clamp: 4; /* number of lines to show */
  line-height: X; /* fallback */
  max-height: X * 4; /* fallback */

How should I make it work on Firefox as well?


Important Update:

As of Firefox version 68 Firefox supports -webkit-line-clamp!!

Demo snippet (caniuse)

p {
  width: 300px;
  border: 2px solid green;
  padding: 0.5em 0.5em 0 0.5em;
  overflow: hidden;
  text-overflow: ellipsis;
  display: -webkit-box;
  -webkit-box-orient: vertical;
  -webkit-line-clamp: 3; /* number of lines to show */
<p>When the CSS -webkit-line-clamp property is applied to a block of text (e.g., a paragraph), the text is limited to the specified number of lines (1 or more), and an ellipsis character (…) is added to the end of the last visible line. - see <a href="https://webplatform.news/issues/2019-05-17">webplatform.news</a>

Although Firefox uses the Gecko rendering Engine which uses the -moz- vendor prefix, since version 49, Firefox decided to add support for several -webkit- prefixes and WebKit-specific interfaces

Note: CSS Overflow Module Level 3 Editor’s draft includes an official property line-clamp – which will likely replace the proprietary-webkit-line-clamp property.

Original Answer

You can’t. -webkit-line-clamp is for browsers that use webkit. Firefox runs on gecko and uses the vendor prefix: -moz-

If you’re interested – you could take a look at my answer here: a line-clamp with fade-out fallback fiddle which adds a fade-out effect workaround (instead of ellipsis) for non-webkit browsers.

Answered By – Danield

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