So on my last post, I encountered a strange bug on Chrome (but not on Firefox) where some of my text was breaking mid-word, without so much as a hyphen inserted. Here’s a screenshot:

An example of mid-word line breaks in my post

I’m using the Hexo framework for my blog, along with a theme from github called Apollo, so I started reading through the SASS files, but couldn’t isolate what exactly was causing this strange bug I’d never encountered before.

Several online searches, however, lead me to the word-break css property. According to MDN, “the word-break CSS property is used to specify whether to break lines within words.” Sure enough, searching the SASS files for the Apollo theme, I found:

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a {
color: #42b983;

word-break: break-all;
}

MDN says that break-all specifies that “word breaks may be inserted between any character for non-CJK (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) text.” Sure enough, I realized the strange line breaks only occur during long anchor text. I’m guessing this was specified to break up long URLs, however since I use descriptive text as my anchor text, I commented out this attribute and my text rendered as expected.