Handling Long Words and URLs (Forcing Breaks, Hyphenation, Ellipsis, etc)

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  • Preventing Overflow with Ellipsis
.dont-break-out {
/* These are technically the same, but use both */
overflow-wrap: break-word;
word-wrap: break-word;
-ms-word-break: break-all;
/* This is the dangerous one in WebKit, as it breaks things wherever */
word-break: break-all;
/* Instead use this non-standard one: */
word-break: break-word;
/* Adds a hyphen where the word breaks, if supported (No Blink) */
-ms-hyphens: auto;
-moz-hyphens: auto;
-webkit-hyphens: auto;
hyphens: auto;

Preventing Overflow with Ellipsis

Another approach to consider is truncating the text altogether and adding ellipses where the string of text hits the container:

.ellipses {
overflow: hidden;
white-space: nowrap;
text-overflow: ellipsis;
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