Tutorial :CSS container doesn't stretch to accommodate floats



Question:

<html>    <head>    <style type="text/css">      .container {        width: 900px;        border: 2px solid #333333;        padding-top: 30px;        padding-bottom: 30px;    }      .container_left {        border: 2px solid #FF00FF;        width: 650px;        float: left;    }      .container_right {        border: 2px solid #0000FF;        width: 225px;        float: right;    }    </style>  </head>    <body>        <div class="container">          <div class="container_left">          <div>LEFT CONTAINER</div>          <div>LEFT CONTAINER</div>          <div>LEFT CONTAINER</div>          </div>            <div class="container_right">          <div>RIGHT CONTAINER</div>          <div>RIGHT CONTAINER</div>          <div>RIGHT CONTAINER</div>          </div>      </div>    </body>  </html>  

The result is:
result

I want a result like this:
desired result


Solution:1

Add overflow: hidden; to the .container selector. This will force the container to acknowledge that it has children.


Solution:2

Give the container a

overflow: auto  

or

overflow: hidden  

see this page on quirksmode.org for details on the issue.


Solution:3

A quick fix is to add overflow: hidden to your .container.

This is not the best solution per say, merely the quickest fix. Your best solution would be to implement and apply clearfix as it doesn't have issues with printing due to overflow.

In the event you use overflow: auto or overflow: hidden and a user attempts to print the page, content that does not fit on the printed page will be clipped because:

  1. scroll-bars do not print
  2. hidden content does not display


Solution:4

One option is to put in a <div style="clear: both;"></div> just before closing the container div.

<div class="container">        <div class="container_left">      <div>LEFT CONTAINER</div>      <div>LEFT CONTAINER</div>      <div>LEFT CONTAINER</div>      </div>        <div class="container_right">      <div>RIGHT CONTAINER</div>      <div>RIGHT CONTAINER</div>      <div>RIGHT CONTAINER</div>      </div>        <div style="clear: both;"></div>    </div>  


Solution:5

to the outer div you might want to use the clearfix css, explained here: http://www.positioniseverything.net/easyclearing.html


Solution:6

.clear:after {      content: ".";      display: block;      height: 0;      clear: both;      visibility: hidden;  }  * html .clear { height: 1%; }  *:first-child+html .clear { min-height: 1px; }  

Apply .clear to your parent element.


Solution:7

This might be of help "Clearing a float container"


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