Tuesday 18 February 2014

Centering Made Easy

Almost a note-to-self today. :-) Now that IE6 and IE7 are dead unless you need to support users from the far East, centering content within elements using CSS is dead easy. Three simple rules:

display:        table-cell;
text-align:     center;
vertical-align: middle;

So for instance:

  .content {
    width: 300px;
    height: 300px;
    border: 1px solid #aaa;
    padding: 2px;
    display: table-cell;
    text-align: center;
    vertical-align: middle;
<div class="content">
    Here is <strong>my content</strong> with
    <em>markup</em>; my content wraps in the container,
    but that's not a problem for this technique.

That comes out with the content nicely displayed centered both horizontally and vertically. Unlike the line-height trick, it works well with content that wraps. Here's a live example.

I'm not saying we should have to say things are table-cells when they're not, but at least it's only in the presentation layer, not the markup.


Unknown said...

if i am giving position:absolute, its not working.Could you please explain this?

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