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Does a parent element need an absolute unit value for a child element to use a percentage unit when sizing?
Say your code looks like this: <main> <article> <h1>This is my article</h1> <p>Random words just for filler</p> </article> </main>
In your CSS rules you have not declared an absolute unit of measurement for the width or height of your main element - could you use a percentage unit to size the article element within the main element? Would the main element just naturally take up 100% of the browser window so in that case using a percentage unit for the article element would just make it relative to the main element's default 100% width and height?
By default the body element will be the width of the viewport. Block level elements such as main naturally will take up 100% of their containers width. With that, since there was no width adjustments applied, the main element is currently taking up 100% width and any of its children would be relative to that. So if the body was reduced to 50% width, the main would adjust relative to that and since it takes up 100% width of its container, it would also be 50% of the overall page. Generally, the body would stay at 100% width and you just change the width of your container element then the children adjust relative to that.