Centre aligning a block element

by Geethalakshmi 2010-02-09 00:39:49

Centre aligning a block element


Say you wanted to have a fixed width layout website, and the content floated in the middle of the screen. You can use the following CSS command:

#content
{
width: 700px;
margin: 0 auto;
}

You would then enclose <div id="content"> around every item in the body of the HTML document and it'll be given an automatic margin on both its left and right, ensuring that it's always placed in the centre of the screen. Simple... well not quite - we've still got the pre-IE 6 versions to worry about, as these browsers won't centre align the element with this CSS command. You'll have to change the CSS rules:
body
{
<strong>text-align: center</strong>;
}

#content
{
<strong>text-align: left</strong>;
width: 700px;
margin: 0 auto;
}

This will then centre align the main content, but it'll also centre align the text! To offset the second, probably undesired, effect we inserted text-align: left into the content div.

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