5 replies [Last post]
Anonymous
Anonymous's picture
Guru
calgary,alberta
calgary,alberta

Is it possible to let the parent of a float grow with the float even when the float has more content than the parent block?

Let me give an example

<div>
<div style="float right; width 100px">Lots of content. Lots of content. Lots of content...</div>
Some content
</div>

What happens is that the float crosses the border of the outter block.

The inner div is typically a floated image. Lets say the outter div has some kind of border. Wouldn't it be nicer if the border grew to span the entire image too?

I know the "clear" property kan be used to keep other blocks "on distance", but I don't know if it can be used on the containing block's border/margin.

insin
insin's picture
Offline
Enthusiast
Belfast, NI
Last seen: 16 years 31 weeks ago
Belfast, NI
Joined: 2003-05-07
Posts: 57
Points: 0

Keeping float within parent block

Is the attached file what you're looking for?

A Pedant Writes...
Into the mountain,
I will fall.

Anonymous
Anonymous's picture
Guru

Keeping float within parent block

Exactly. Almost.

Because I would classify this as a hack, and hacks are no-nos. Wink Is this a solution used in general for this kind of problem. I'm interested in links to major CSS sites with an explanation on this.

Thanks for helping me out!

insin
insin's picture
Offline
Enthusiast
Belfast, NI
Last seen: 16 years 31 weeks ago
Belfast, NI
Joined: 2003-05-07
Posts: 57
Points: 0

Keeping float within parent block

It's not a hack, but extra, purely presentational markup (as you're only using this spacer div to expand the float's container, rather than for presentation of the content in the spacer div itself (of which there is none! Wink), which I also try to avoid where possible.

According to the specs for clear, "This property indicates which sides of an element's box(es) may not be adjacent to an earlier floating box." - so you have a div and you say clear: both, so neither side of this box can be beside a float, therefore the box will be positioned below the float.

A link of interest:
http://css-discuss.incutio.com/?page=ClearingSpace

A Pedant Writes...
Into the mountain,
I will fall.

Anonymous
Anonymous's picture
Guru

Argument accepted

Ok, I'll give you credit for that one..

We're in some kind of greyzone here, but I can live with it since it's compatible with most browsers and lack of compatibility don't ruin the looks of the site. And, it doesn't mess up my code too much because I won't use it more than necessary.

Disclaimer: I don't want to be responsible for neither holy- nor unholy wars, that's why I write this disclaimer. BTW: When was the last time somebody escaped any responsibility by writing a disclaimer?

insin
insin's picture
Offline
Enthusiast
Belfast, NI
Last seen: 16 years 31 weeks ago
Belfast, NI
Joined: 2003-05-07
Posts: 57
Points: 0

Re: Argument accepted

shaka wrote:
Ok, I'll give you credit for that one..

Sorry, just had to satisfy my sig.

The sig demands satisfaction... *ahem*, er...... Smile

A Pedant Writes...
Into the mountain,
I will fall.