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Can someone tell me this, about margin thing.



8:49 am on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When I have two divs, like:

margin-left: 10px;


<div id="something">
<div id="content">Yes, it's here</div>

Would that add 20px to the text in content?


9:36 am on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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umm... no, it will give the #content a 10px margin to the left.
the text within the element will stay adjacent to the "border" of that element.

hope this helps,



5:28 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can see exactly the behavior this will produce by adding some background colors, e.g.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns:xhtml="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
<title>margin test</title>
<style type="text/css">
html, body {background:#fff; margin:0; padding:0;}
#something {margin-left: 10px; background:#f00;}
#content {margin-left:10px; background:#00f;}

<div id="something">
<div id="content">Yes, it's here</div>

I used a strict doctype but it will display the same in quirks, even back to NS4.


7:10 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Margins will collapse. You can prevent them from collapsing by adding either a border or padding to the item who's margin is collapsed (your outter item).

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