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CSS CSS Layout Basics Page Layout with the Float Property The Float Challenge Solution

Why can't we use margin to separate the two floated columns?

Whenever I try to use margin, instead of padding, to space out the columns, the columns end up taking two separate lines. Why do we have to use padding instead of margins? We used margin to space out the list elements in the main-header so why can't we use it here?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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Depending on what box sizing is in use, padding might participate in width calculations, but margins never do.

You could still use margins, but you would have to adjust the widths to account for the extra space.