Version: 1.1.alpha.0
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Truncating Text with Ellipses

There is an XML file that must be installed into your stylesheet directory in order for this utility to work correctly. To install it:

compass install compass/ellipsis

This file can be imported using: @import "compass/typography/text/ellipsis"


  1. compass/css3/deprecated-support

Configurable Variables help


To get full firefox support, you must install the ellipsis pattern:

compass install compass/ellipsis


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=ellipsis($no-wrap: true)
  @if $no-wrap
    white-space: nowrap
  overflow: hidden
  +experimental(text-overflow, ellipsis, not -moz, not -webkit, -o, -ms, not -khtml, official)
  @if $legacy-support-for-mozilla and $use-mozilla-ellipsis-binding
    -moz-binding: stylesheet-url(unquote("xml/ellipsis.xml#ellipsis"))
@mixin ellipsis($no-wrap: true) {
  @if $no-wrap {
    white-space: nowrap;
  overflow: hidden;
  @include experimental(text-overflow, ellipsis, not -moz, not -webkit, -o, -ms, not -khtml, official);
  @if $legacy-support-for-mozilla and $use-mozilla-ellipsis-binding {
    -moz-binding: stylesheet-url(unquote("xml/ellipsis.xml#ellipsis"));

This technique, by Justin Maxwell, was originally published here. Firefox implementation by Rikkert Koppes.