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I'm looking to prevent a line break after a hyphen - on a case-by-case basis that is compatible with all browsers.

Example:

I have this text:  3-3/8" which in HTML is this:  3-3/8”

The problem is that near the end of a line, because of the hyphen, it breaks and wraps to the next line instead of treating it like a full word...

3-

3/8"

I've tried inserting the "zero-width no-break character",  with no luck...

3-3/8”

I'm seeing this in Safari and thinking it will be the same in all browsers.

The following is my doctype and character encoding...

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"

   "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />

Is there any way I can prevent these from line-breaking after the hyphen? I do not need any solution that applies to the whole page... just something I can insert as needed, like a "zero-width no-break character", except one that works.

Here is a Demo. Simply make the frame narrower until the line breaks at the hyphen.

http://jsfiddle.net/RagKH/

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You can just wrap the relevant text like this:

<span style="white-space: nowrap;"></span>

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