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CSS CSS Layout Techniques Display Modes Block vs. Inline Elements

Mark Lawson
Mark Lawson
6,148 Points

display: inline

He touches on the subject of display: inline and the fact you cannot add width of top and bottom margin to the items. Whats going on here? Why can you not apply these styles to inline styles?


2 Answers

I think it is because a inline element flows with the other content on the page and it can't break out of the normal document flow. Because of that you can't apply a style that forces a change in this flow, like margin-top and margin-bottom.

Cindy Lea
Cindy Lea
Courses Plus Student 6,497 Points

From what Im reading, if you use margins with inline elements, it will have no effect.

one site: This property has no effect on non-replaced inline elements, like <tt> or <span>.