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Learning Web Design, 5th Edition by Jennifer Robbins

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14. Thinking Inside the Box

14

Thinking Inside the Box

In this chapter

The parts of an element box

Setting box dimensions

Padding

Borders

Outlines

Margins

Assigning display roles

Adding a drop shadow

In Chapter 11, Introducing Cascading Style Sheets I described the box model as one of the fundamental concepts of CSS. According to the box model, every element in a document generates a box to which properties such as width, height, padding, borders, and margins can be applied. You probably already have a feel for how element boxes work from adding backgrounds to elements. This chapter covers all the box-related properties, beginning with an overview of the components of an element box, and then taking on the box properties from the inside out: content dimensions, padding, borders, and margins.

The Element Box

As we’ve seen, every element in a document, both block-level and inline, generates a rectangular element box. The components of an element box are diagrammed in Figure 14-1. Pay attention to the new terminology—it will be helpful in keeping things straight later in the chapter.

Figure 14-1. The parts of an element box according to the CSS box model.

Content area

At the core of the element box is the content itself. In Figure 14-1, the content area is indicated by a white box.

Inner edges

The edges of the content area are referred to as the inner edges of the element ...

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