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CSS CSS Foundations The Box Model Floats

melissa brown
melissa brown
4,670 Points

padding vs margins

Hi guys Im trying to understanding paddings and margins better. Is it right to say margins are used to create space between two separate elements eg pic and paragraph and padding is used to create space between an individual element eg content and its border?

2 Answers

James Alker
James Alker
8,554 Points

You're pretty much bang on the money there.

Margin = space outside element border - pushes itself or other content away

Padding = space between border of element and content / child elements

Great question. I find an image from the W3C to be pretty helpful in clarifying. Check it out here: (http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/box.html)

Also, if you ever need to check, I suggest throwing in a border to see where you're adding space. Try it out!