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max-width and padding

In stage 4 of "How to make a website" i.e CSS: Cascading Style Sheets,

Nick writes a css code
wrapper { max-width: 940px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 0 5%; }

and explains the property "max-width: 940px" that, we want the width to be no larger than 940 pixels across, then how come when we add the padding property to be "padding: 0 5%;" the max-width goes larger than 940px, then whats the purpose of "max-width" ??

2 Answers

The max-width is the width of the content area. So te padding wil be added, but the width of the content area wil never be wider than 940px

Ok got it, Thanks.