Text is breaking using absolute positioning

I have a small challenge that I haven’t found any solution on Stack Overflow.

That’s what I got:

wrong

And that’s how I’d like it:

correct

To produce this title effect I’m using absolute position. I don’t even know the width and the height from my title. So, big text breaks when using this solution.

My HTML:

<div class="content">
  <h1 class="title: "Text is breaking using absolute positioning">February 2015</h1>
  <p>Mussum ipsum cacilds, vidis litro abertis. Consetis adipiscings elitis. Pra lá , depois divoltis porris, paradis. Paisis, filhis, espiritis santis. Mé faiz elementum girarzis, nisi eros vermeio, in elementis mé pra quem é amistosis quis leo. Manduma pindureta quium dia nois paga. Sapien in monti palavris qui num significa nadis i pareci latim. Interessantiss quisso pudia ce receita de bolis, mais bolis eu num gostis.</p>
</div>

My CSS:

.content {
  border: 3px double black;
  padding-top: 60px;
  position: relative;
  width: 350px;
}

.content p { margin: 20px; }

.title {
  background: black;
  border-radius: 5px;
  color: white;
  left: 50%;
  padding: 10px;
  position: absolute;
  text-align: center;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  top: 0;
}

See an example on Codepen to make life easier: http://codepen.io/caio/pen/ZYoyPb


solution

The easiest solution would be to add white-space: nowrap. In doing so, the h1 text will not break to a new line. (updated example)

.title {
  white-space: nowrap;
  background: black;
  border-radius: 5px;
  color: white;
  left: 50%;
  padding: 10px;
  position: absolute;
  text-align: center;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  top: 0;
}

In addition, you could also add text-overflow: ellipsis/overflow: hidden/width: 100% so that the text forms ellipsis and never breaks to a new line. (example here)