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16,353 Points

How did he come up with -4px?

Was there some type of math involved in coming up with -4px? I achieved the same result with changing the width to 49%. Is that not a good method to use?

3 Answers

Cory Harkins
Cory Harkins
16,486 Points

I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong)...

The inherent margin between div's due to the browsers CSS rules, applies a 4 px margin to div's, when inline-block.

So if you have 2 divs side by side, the margin between the two = 8px, if you remove the right margin by -4 px, the div beside it becomes flush.

Something janky like that. It's a common result though, so always be aware of it, and that's how you fix it.

Bartlomiej Zabielski
Bartlomiej Zabielski
Courses Plus Student 10,363 Points

yeah i dont understand why we need the negative margin property. shouldnt the normalize.css remove browser styling.

Sam Portillo
Sam Portillo
2,640 Points

Hi Nick,

The functionality of having a negative value for the margin declaration is that it provides a way for you to pull selected elements closer in proximity to other elements on the page.

For example, if you had the following layout on your page (evenly spaced):

<h1>Hello</h1> <h2>there</h2> <h3>World!</h3>

Applying a negative margin to the top of the h2 element:

h2{ margin: -4px 0 0 0; }

will move the entire element 4 pixels "closer" to the h1 margin (or reduces the top margin of the h2 element by 4px).

I suppose that if you aren't wanting to change the width of the element, this method would be favorable.

Hope this helps.