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  <h2>Multi-line Elipsis: Cross-Browser Javascript and CSS Solution</h2>
    <p>The text below will be truncated with an ellipsis in all browsers. This relies on a bit of Javascript and some CSS to set the number of lines to hide. The Javascript for this pen will loop through all instances on a page but if you only need to handle one instance, you can remove the <code>.forEach</code> and just have it check one.</p>
  <div class="container">
    <p>There's a lot more text in here than what you'll ever see. Pellentesque habitant testalotish morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante. Donec eu libero sit amet quam egestas semper. Aenean ultricies mi vitae est. Mauris placerat eleifend leo.</p>
  <div class="container">
    <p>Not much text? No clipping.</p>
  <div class="container">
    <p>Just a couple of lines of text? It'll likely be shown in its entirety on a wider window but as you shrink down it'll continue to truncate to two lines like you'd expect. That's the difference between this and other solutions I've seen.</p>
  <p>I'd recommend adding a window resize event listener in here but I'm trying o keep this pen simple. If you need a CSS only version, check out <a href="https://codepen.io/nilsynils/pen/KgaRBo">my other pen on the topic here</a>.</p>
              /* Up here is all the styles to make this pen not look crappy. The meat of this is down below. */
@import 'https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Raleway:100,300,400,700';

body {
  font-family: Raleway;
  font-weight: 400;
  background: lightCyan;
  display: flex;
  justify-content: center;

section {
  width: 80%;
  margin: auto;

h2 {
  text-align: center;

/* This is the important part - particularly the height of the .container */
.container {
  border: 1px solid lightGrey;
  padding: 0 1.5em;
  border-radius: 3px;
  background: #fff;
  margin-bottom: 2em;
  // width: 300px; // Width is optional - works with or without
  height: 3em; // Use multiples of the line-height (1.5em)
  overflow: hidden; 
  line-height: 1.5em;

.container p { 
  padding: 0; 
  margin: 0; 
              const containers = document.querySelectorAll('.container');
Array.prototype.forEach.call(containers, (container) => {  // Loop through each container
    var p = container.querySelector('p');
    var divh = container.clientHeight;
    while (p.offsetHeight > divh) { // Check if the paragraph's height is taller than the container's height. If it is:
        p.textContent = p.textContent.replace(/\W*\s(\S)*$/, '...'); // add an ellipsis at the last shown space
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