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font-variant-numeric

The font-variant-numeric CSS property controls the usage of alternate glyphs for numbers, fractions, and ordinal markers.

Syntax

font-variant-numeric: normal;
font-variant-numeric: ordinal;
font-variant-numeric: slashed-zero;
font-variant-numeric: lining-nums;         /* <numeric-figure-values> */
font-variant-numeric: oldstyle-nums;       /* <numeric-figure-values> */
font-variant-numeric: proportional-nums;   /* <numeric-spacing-values> */
font-variant-numeric: tabular-nums;        /* <numeric-spacing-values> */
font-variant-numeric: diagonal-fractions;  /* <numeric-fraction-values> */
font-variant-numeric: stacked-fractions;   /* <numeric-fraction-values> */
font-variant-numeric: oldstyle-nums stacked-fractions;

/* Global values */
font-variant-numeric: inherit;
font-variant-numeric: initial;
font-variant-numeric: unset;

This property can take one of two forms:

  • either the keyword value normal
  • or one or more of the other values listed below, space-separated, in any order.

Values

normal
This keyword leads to the deactivation of the use of such alternate glyphs.
ordinal
This keyword forces the use of special glyphs for the ordinal markers, like 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th in English or a 1a in Italian. It corresponds to the OpenType values ordn.
slashed-zero
This keyword forces the use of a 0 with a slash; this is useful when a clear distinction between O and 0 is needed. It corresponds to the OpenType values zero.
<numeric-figure-values>
These values control the figures used for numbers. Two values are possible:
  • lining-nums activating the set of figures where numbers are all lying on the baseline. It corresponds to the OpenType values lnum.
  • oldstyle-nums activating the set of figures where some numbers, like 3, 4, 7, 9 have descenders. It corresponds to the OpenType values onum.
<numeric-spacing-values>
These values controls the sizing of figures used for numbers. Two values are possible:
  • proportional-nums activating the set of figures where numbers are not all of the same size. It corresponds to the OpenType values pnum.
  • tabular-nums activating the set of figures where numbers are all of the same size, allowing them to be easily aligned like in tables. It corresponds to the OpenType values tnum.
<numeric-fraction-values>
These values controls the glyphs used to display fractions. Two values are possible:
  • diagonal-fractions activating the set of figures where the numerator and denominator are made smaller and separated by a slash. It corresponds to the OpenType values frac.
  • stacked-fractions activating the set of figures where the numerator and denominator are made smaller, stacked and separated by a horizontal line. It corresponds to the OpenType values afrc.

Formal definition

Initial value normal
Applies to all elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

normal | [ <numeric-figure-values> || <numeric-spacing-values> || <numeric-fraction-values> || ordinal || slashed-zero ]

where
<numeric-figure-values> = [ lining-nums | oldstyle-nums ]
<numeric-spacing-values> = [ proportional-nums | tabular-nums ]
<numeric-fraction-values> = [ diagonal-fractions | stacked-fractions ]

Examples

Setting ordinal numeric forms

HTML

<p class="ordinal">1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th</p>

CSS

/*
This example uses the Source Sans Pro OpenType font, developed by Adobe
and used here under the terms of the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1:
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=OFL_web
*/

@font-face {
  font-family: "Source Sans Pro";
  font-style: normal;
  font-weight: 400;
  src: url("https://mdn.mozillademos.org/files/15757/SourceSansPro-Regular.otf") format("opentype");
}

.ordinal {
  font-variant-numeric: ordinal;
  font-family: "Source Sans Pro";
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 3
The definition of 'font-variant-numeric' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
font-variant-numeric 52 79 34
34
24 — 34
Disabled
Disabled From version 24 until version 34 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.font-features.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No 39 9.1
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
font-variant-numeric 52 52 34
34
24 — 34
Disabled
Disabled From version 24 until version 34 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.font-features.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
41 9.3 6.0

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