Split multiple lines of text with overflow of text: complimentary points

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How can I have my text fill up the space given to a <p> tag, and then cut it off with ellipsis?

You can see an example of a "card" that is meant to be filled with text here. The card is a fixed height, 150px with 20px of padding. The paragraph element only has a fixed amount of space within the card, and it should not expand. The text should be cutoff when the space is used: https://jsfiddle.net/os986qsg/1/

From other questions on SO, an element with text-overflow: ellipsis also needs text-wrap: nowrap. This solution is only acceptable if you want 1 line of text. In this case I want multiple lines of text, and then a cutoff when the text reaches the end of its vertical space.


You can use the webkit-line-clamp property - This property allows you to only show the lines you need so you can put 6 or 2 etc it is up to you. example below:

.card {
  width: 400px;
  height: 150px;
  background: white;
  border: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
  box-shadow: 0px 1px 1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.18);
  padding: 20px;
}

h4 {
  margin: 0;
}

p {
  text-overflow: ellipsis;
  overflow: hidden;
  display: -webkit-box;
  -webkit-line-clamp: 6;
  -webkit-box-orient: vertical;
}
<div class="card">
  <h4>Test</h4>
  <p>
    A test or examination (informally, exam) is an assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or classification in many other topics (e.g., beliefs).[1] A test may be administered verbally, on paper, on a computer, or in a confined area that requires a test taker to physically perform a set of skills. Tests vary in style, rigor and requirements. For example, in a closed book test, a test taker is often required to rely upon memory to respond to specific items whereas in an open book test, a test taker may use one or more supplementary tools such as a reference book or calculator when responding to an item.
  </p>
</div>

EDIT

This is only supported on Chrome and Safria

You can try this one which is supported globally, we use the :before and :after element to manipulate the p tag

.card {
  width: 400px;
  height: 150px;
  background: white;
  border: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
  box-shadow: 0px 1px 1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.18);
  padding: 20px;
}

h4 {
  margin: 0;
}

p {
  /* hide text if it more than N lines  */
  overflow: hidden;
  /* for set '...' in absolute position */
  position: relative;
  /* use this value to count block height */
  line-height: 1.2em;
  /* max-height = line-height (1.2) * lines max number (3) */
  max-height: 112px;
  /* fix problem when last visible word doesn't adjoin right side  */
  text-align: justify;
  /* place for '...' */
  margin-right: -1em;
  padding-right: 1em;
}
/* create the ... */
p:before {
  /* points in the end */
  content: '';
  /* absolute position */
  position: absolute;
  /* set position to right bottom corner of block */
  right: 0;
  bottom: 0;
}
/* hide ... if we have text, which is less than or equal to max lines */
p:after {
  /* points in the end */
  content: '';
  /* absolute position */
  position: absolute;
  /* set position to right bottom corner of text */
  right: 0;
  /* set width and height */
  width: 1em;
  height: 1em;
  margin-top: 0.2em;
  /* bg color = bg color under block */
  background: white;
}
<div class="card">
  <h4>Test</h4>
  <p>
    A test or examination (informally, exam) is an assessment intended to measure a test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or classification in many other topics (e.g., beliefs).[1] A test may be administered verbally, on paper, on a computer, or in a confined area that requires a test taker to physically perform a set of skills. Tests vary in style, rigor and requirements. For example, in a closed book test, a test taker is often required to rely upon memory to respond to specific items whereas in an open book test, a test taker may use one or more supplementary tools such as a reference book or calculator when responding to an item.
  </p>
</div>