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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Basic Layout Clearing Floats

Rafael Zuniga
Rafael Zuniga
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:after pseudo question

I don't understand why we have to put the :after pseudo element to clear the floats. Why won't it work without it, obviously I tried it and it doesn't work, but why? I am basically trying to figure out why it works the way it does. Can someone please help explain? Thanks!

1 Answer

I can't say it any better than MDN:

"The CSS ::after pseudo-element matches a virtual last child of the selected element. It is typically used to add cosmetic content to an element by using the content CSS property. This element is inline by default."

So when your clearing floats, you are selecting the last element.

Here is more interesting info on this pseudo-element.