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Susitha Herath Mudiyanselage
Susitha Herath Mudiyanselage
4,957 Points

CSS Float

<style> ul{ float: left; clear: right; } </style>


        <li> <a href="#">link1</a></li>
        <li> <a href="#">link2</a></li>
        <li> <a href="#">link3</a></li>


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Question. The div is in the right side of <ul> after setting <ul> float left. then why ul { clear : right } doesn't clear whats on its right side. Similarly if I set div { clear : left } it clears whats on its left side. Its confusing. Can some one please help.

2 Answers

Ana Gledovic
Ana Gledovic
7,465 Points


The thing is that, when you use float property, you have to use the same value if you want to clear floating the next element. So, you do not clear on left or right side, you clear the value. Div is on the right side of viewport, but that it because it sticked to ul. If you use float: left; you use clear: left; to stop floating on the left side. That is the logic.

Best, Ana

Hi Susitha,

The clear property applies to previously floated elements. So when you use clear: right on the <ul> that means that it must drop below all previous elements that have been floated right. So if you had any elements higher up that were floated right then the <ul> would drop down below them.

div { clear: left; } is what is needed if you want the div to drop below the ul. Here you're saying, the div must drop below any previous elements that have been floated left. Since the <ul> is a previous element and it has been floated left the div must drop below it.