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CSS CSS Layout CSS Layout Techniques Relative and Absolute Positioning

David Douglas
David Douglas
2,469 Points


This may be a stupid question. An aside element, for example, has a width of 100% and a max-width of 480px. How is it that if another element within the aside does not have the same set max-width it will extend pass the 480px? Shouldn't the aside's max-width stop element from stretching across the screen?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
215,940 Points

The max-width property isn't inherited by default, but you could explicitly set max-width: inherit; in the inner element.

You could also give the parent element overflow: hidden; to constrain the visible portion of child elements.