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CSS CSS Layout Techniques Float Layout Creating a Horizontal Menu

i was wondering

if margin: 0 0 0 0; is the same as margin-left: 0; margin-right:0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0; and if they are the same is there a reason to use one form over the other.

3 Answers

margin: 0 0 0 0;  /* valid but too much code typing */

margin: 0; /* is the same and much shorter */

margin-top: 0;    /* these four lines of code equal to margin: 0;  */
margin-right: 0;
margin-bottom: 0;
margin-left: 0; 

When your goal is to overwrite a margin specifically for the top for example, you'd then use margin-top: somevalue;
Due to the cascading nature of css, this will then overwrite that specific top margin that has already been set to another value earlier in the code by something like margin: 0;

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,624 Points

Just a whole lot less typing, which makes for less lines of code. Consequently,

margin: 0;

is also the same as the two ways you indicated above. Again... just less typing.

Seth Kroger
Seth Kroger
56,403 Points

margin-left, etc. allows you to change one of the values without having to specify (and possibly change due to an error) the others.