The pause-before property is used in CSS and certain HTML elements. This property specifies a pause to be inserted before speaking an element's content. The pause is inserted between the element's content and any cue-before or cue-after content.


  • inherit - Explicitly sets the value of this property to that of the parent.
  • <time> - Sets the pause length to a time measurement. Examples are s (seconds) and ms (milliseconds).
  • <percentage> - Refers to the inverse of the value of the speech-rate property. (eg: a value of 100% for pause-before with a speech-rate of 60 words per minute would create a pause of 1 second.)

HTML example:

<blockquote style="pause-before:1.5s;">TEXT</blockquote>

CSS example:

blockquote {

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