This is a simple javascript used to fix the extra space between CJK symbols and punctuations introduced by the line break in the souce file of a HTML page.

The Problem

The HTML specification does not talking about how to render the line break in the HTML source file. It simplely treat it as a single space. For the western languages, this treatment is O.K., since there should be a space between each word. But for the CJK languages, usually there is no space between two CJK symbols or punctuations. Therefore, the line break in the source file of an HTML page will lead to undesired extra space.

For example, consider the following HTML source codes:

<p>1. 测试样例:这是源码中的第一行,以中文字符结束
<p>1. 正确结果:这是源码中的第一行,以中文字符结束这是源码中的第二行,以中文字符开头</p>

The text in the first <p> element will have an undesired extra space between two lines in the souce code.

The Solution

We use a javascript to modify the innel HTML of <p> elements, removing all the extra spaces introduced by the line breaks.


This script depends on the following packages:

  • XRegExp: (
  • DomReady: (



You can install the script manually.

  1. Downloads this scripts at (
  2. Downloads the XRegExp script at (
  3. Downloads the DomReady script at (
  4. Puts the scripts to some directory of your site, and include all those scripts in your HTML pages.

Use Bower

You can use the package manager Bower to install the script:

bower install fix-cjk-linebreak

The script and all the dependened packages will be downloaded and installed in the bower_components directory.

Build from the Source

  1. Checkout the source form the github: git clone
  2. Download the dependened packages using Bower: bower install
  3. Check the test page under the test directory.
  4. Copys the scripts to some directory of your site, and include all the scripts in your HTML pages.


In your webpage, add the following codes in the <head>..</head> part:

<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/domready/ready.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/xregexp/min/xregexp-all-min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="bower_components/fix-cjk-linebreak/fix-cjk-linebreak.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
domready(function() {

Note the last script snippet. It calls the fix_cjk_linebreak function with the DOM element <body> of the page, as soon as the page’s DOM is ready. The fix_cjk_linebreak function has a single parameter, which should be a DOM element. The function will fix all the <p> elements under the parameter DOM element by removing the extra spaces between CJK characters introduced by the linebreaks in the source.

Please check the test pages under the test directory for the usage example.

NOTE: Before you open the test webpages, you should install the dependency packages by running the following command in the root directory of the project:

bower install

Browser support

I have test the scripts under the following browsers.

  • Firefox: 23.0.1
  • Chrome 23.0.1271.97

If anyone test it under other browsers, please let me know. Thanks a lot.

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