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. And, it’s almost always within large sections concerning layouts that are never dynamically manipulated, so it’s never really an issue. How can a technologically advanced species be conquered by a less advanced one? Then you just change the font on the container and voila. When I do have to worry about it, I either use the comment method or just not have a carriage return between the elements. If you have important information to share, please, http://meiert.com/en/blog/20080601/optional-tags-in-html-4/, http://paulirish.com/2011/primitives-html5-video/, http://www.positioniseverything.net/explorer/dup-characters.html, http://nerd.vasilis.nl/remove-whitespace-inline-block/, https://github.com/vladocar/Box-CSS-Framework/blob/master/box.css, zipped zero-width space font (click File > Download to save to your computer). Negative margins is just a hack thats bound to cause difficulties later on. The horra! – Safari 5.1.7 Windows You can set the margin on each side of the box to a different size if you want, by suffixing the side you want affected. You are also welcome to visit my Dribbble account where you can see snapshots of some of my work; visit my Forrst account to visit some of my design and development contributions; check me out on Quora where I talk about application development, UX, neuroscience and psychology. If you use HAML or another type of HTML preprocessor, you can just minify it on compile. Just try to avoid designs that require zero spacing; it’s easier than you think. Beautifully simple techniques to fix it! In fact, optional tags are a big advantage of HTML because they just provide several correct ways to mark up the same robust and predictable DOM structure. Still one pixel of whitespace is between the elements. The white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled. To set a common-width margin around the box, use an expression like blockquote{margin: 20px; } That will push everything away from the element by 20 pixels in every direction. The font fix is half-decent, the other fixes can only blow up in your face later further the line. @JamesDonnelly Didn't read the question carefully to realise he'd want more than once. I’ve made a weird discovery about using the inline-block display. If the elements are not all of equal height (as is often the case with dynamic content)… If you don’t want spaces between words than simply remove them in the HTML. To every other browser, it’s just a comment. Hmmm.. Many designers, when building a horizontal navigation bar, will place backgrounds on the li’s and so they need zero whitespace to prevent gaps. Forgot to close a tag? This formatting looks good enough (especially if you have links instead of plain text) and is doing the job. I also see so many designers just do things because floats allow them to do it, not because it’s the right way or the best way, but just because they can. Here’s the deal: a series of inline-block elements formatted like you normally format HTML will have spaces in between them. At least that works in all browsers and doesn’t resort to crazy font-size hacks, or unholy open tags, etc. Some families do have an exact white space, like Courier New. @Jeffri I still don’t understand the argument though. Inline-blocks are just so convenient for that, but if there is a way I can do it with floats, I’d love to know how. HTML5 doesn’t care anyway. There is also the following CSS property: However I don’t think any browsers actually implement it :(. Solution 1: Remove Space Between Elements But you can get rid of it using the following simple techniques. Either way, the fix is so much easier than everyone is making it out. The font-size looks cool and probably non-breaking. To create extra spaces before, after, or in-between your text, use the  (non-breaking space) extended HTML character. Always same conjugation for wir, sie-plural and sie-formal. I hadn’t come across the negative margin before. Once you “convert” over, your development time will noticebly decrease. Although you gotta admit, it feels weird. You just can’t center them like you can by text-align: center; the parent of inline-block elements. nav { wow, I just faced this problem today’s morning, I fixed it by giving the 102% width of the I’ve been trying to get the word out for years. thanks! I do float the elements, it works, but other solutions mentioned in this article sounds great, too. Have display: inline-block set on all child elements. Whitespace between inline elements is significant and shouldn't really be altered in any way by any processor. I think it’s just habit, and no one has come along, kicked them in the arse and told them to break it. this litle space is the only issue, i use the ident method to correct the problem. but It was uncomfortable with the solution though! I’ve been using the inline-block method exclusively for many many years without a single issue. I believe I was successful in meeting those requirements in this jsFiddle: The following browsers were tested and performed as expected: – IE 6, 7, 8 This french post is pretty good on the topic :unwanted spaces. They have courses on all the most important front-end technologies, from React to CSS, from Vue to D3, and beyond with Node.js and Full Stack. Float all the way and static master blocks (header/nav/footer) always onelined/minified. It’s even easier when used with LESS. Yes, considering the amount of variables now in web design, no longer is it just Webkit, Mozilla and IE for desktop, but a slew of mobile browsers as well, we need bullet-proof ways to ensure our designs don’t break.
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. – Chrome 19 Windows Since HTML5 allows closing list item tags to be omitted, then the spacing should still be preserved. :). What most don’t realize is most of your time consumed with cross-browser debugging is *because* of floats. It’s that simple. I remember being a young developer during the Internet Explorer 6 days and desperately wanting IE to adopt display: inline-block.. I’m not implying that at all. So something to consider if you are looking for a production ready solution. Maybe this comes in handy some time. The YUI 3 CSS Grids use letter-spacing and word-spacing on their grid container to collapse white-space between the grid units. font-size: 0 is a completely unusable solution if you want to use ems or % in any of your child elements. “There are more bad developers than good … ”, “I surely hope you don’t mean you’re basing your designs on the use of inline-block rather than what the UX / branding / design calls for.”. but that makes the code really unmanageable. Plus, the overflow: hidden method for floats seems like a hack because it certainly isn’t logical behavior for CSS. One of the most confusing things to new users who're creating a web page is that they cannot press the spacebar multiple times make additional spaces. Frontend Masters is the best place to get it. This solution isn’t bulletproof because it counts on three assumptions: the width of the space equal to 0.31em (nearly true for Arial/Helvetica, but false for Times New Roman etc. When I do have the issue, I just use the comment method. You should probably use em instead of px for the negative margin option. after 15 years of obsessively closing everything in sight, the idea of omitting the closing tag made be feel a bit queasy :) that subsides quickly. Because of this “bug” I almost always use floats instead of inline-blocks (and a little bit because of IE7), but the former just feels “wrong”. I think we should cooperate to get the best possible solution without changing code style. As this is not a bug but the browswers rendering block elements as if they were inline they are correctly interpreting the whitespace in the code. It’s the most reliable method imo. wow and lol this post gets a lot of attention. – Opera 11.64 Ubuntu I use inline-block with close and open tags butting up to one another. It’s ok if you are not a perfectionist like me though. When using inline-block, aligning the elements left, right or center is extremely easy. What's the difference between SCSS and Sass? =P, For the methods mentioned: When this bug is fixed, the inline-blocks will be “squeezed” a bit because the word-spacing is too big and the second assumption falis in WebKit. I think setting the font size to 0 is the optimal solution here, and also the cleanest. The
    tag is a block-level element. They couldn’t be more simple. There doesn’t have to be a space between each element wrapped with a span tag as shown above. Examples of such tag are
    and . span{ border:1px solid red; } .inRow{ display:grid; grid-template-columns:repeat(auto-fill,auto); grid-gap:10px /*This add space between elements, only works on grid items*/ } .inColumn{ display:grid; grid-template-rows:repeat(auto-fill,auto); grid-gap:15px; } After reading all the comments, I think it’s safe to say there’s no clean way of implementing this without a variety of inconsistent hacks. – Chrome 19 Ubuntu I’d love to see some examples of your websites where you’ve designed “knowing inline-block will be used”. I’m glad I could help! We can also use ” word-spacing : -4px ; ” on the parent element; works just like putting the negative margin on the li elements does. By combing these rules, we should be able to eliminate unwanted spacing in many of the modern browsers and maybe a few older ones as well. WTF?!”. I always use inline-block, prety useful, i can determine the child align with the text-align property, center, left, right. If the browser support is acceptable to you and what you need out of inline-block is centering, you could use flexbox. The negative margin method is not very reliable because of this uncertainty. but, i learned the font-size zero thing. How to keep right color temperature if I edit photos with night light mode turned on? Check the Snippet The danger with this is browsers could easily see it as a bug and fix it, and there went your layout. The spaces between inline-blocks are no different. I think word/letter spacing will become the best option. It also doesn’t work in Safari 5.0. }. I prefer: I can’t say that I know any good standards for removing whitespace in code, so I wouldn’t say this is right or wrong. See here: jsFiddle. Because of that, I will try ditch float completely for my next project. Two is a white-space: none; polyfill. I’d stay away form PX measurements, since the space is based on a single white space char. Lifewire / Maddy Price good job justin :) i love this part ‘Skip the closing tag’, ul { Floats for this purpose are a hack. I had a moment today to do some cross-browser testing of my code. The issue was that I needed space because otherwise text-align: justify won’t work (read it on specs)! You get a smiley. Floating, suggested by many people here, makes the elements block-level, they are not inline-blocks anymore then). The interactive example below demonstrates some of the values using Grid Layout. http://yui.yahooapis.com/3.5.0/build/cssgrids/grids.css. Instead of breaking up the tag on multiple lines, i prefer this syntax: The first one is exactly what I do! Minimized HTML will solve this problem, or one of these tricks: They’re all pretty funky, but it does the trick. width: 100px; I always use the negative margin method, but the floating method, simple as it is too.Thanks your share. Talkin’ about rem, letter-spacing, white-space, and the future : text-space-collapse. Inline block elements are a bit tricky and it’s nice to see different approaches to remove the spaces. The element is closed on the occurrence of the next (or element. The space-between value distributes the items evenly (with space between them) in the line. Method 1: Assign the font size of the parent of the inline block elemennt to 0px and then assign the proper font-size to the inline block element The way I used to handle it is not to apply the shift for the first element via the :first-child selector. So what it comes down to, as Chris said, is the space between elements. My parameters for coding an inline-block collapsing whitespace fix were: – No pixel resetting of fonts. I stay away from all CSS methods because of browser inconsistencies. For example if there is some container that has inline-block elements inside: $(‘#container’).contents().filter(function() { return this.nodeType === 3; }).remove(); To remove text nodes only if they contain just whitespace: Bottom line: you have a bunch of hacks but no proper solution. Reference Number 1234 Driving License No 89765432 I want to put a space between these two red div in the display. Done too much style support for IE6 wayback so never got acquianted with inline-block. Using a pseudo class and the content property solves this problem. I try to always use inline-block, as it is in a sense, more semantic than float and also it doesn’t break any flow nor I need to add clearfix and such. I couldn’t read all the responses (too many!) The space-around value displays the items with space before, between, and after. This may be necessary if you don't like the spacing which exists on a list that you have on a page. That’s what I find so strange about this whole debate. Absolutely positioned divs are not bad, no issues with them even if they are old. “Eh? That said, inline-block is a very easy solution for design that doesn’t need pixel perfect and I only use it for that case. Matt Stow reports that the font-size: 0; technique has some problems on Android. This great man! From my experience this works pretty well cross-browser without having to set an absolute pixel font-size: I used this technique in an inline-block layout demo on jsfiddle. And my code that output the HTML is pretty well formated. I use the negative margin too, I dont know running across the beach naked could be interesting. I don’t want to have to hunt for where the next beginning / ending tag is over and over — not to mention having to deal with code generated dynamically where adjusting the white space may be more of a nightmare than anything else. When I’m sticking a bunch of stuff on the same line, I usually stick the code on the same line also. 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