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Hands-On CSS Layout


This is a classic example of using floats. Here we have a paragraph with lots of text and an image, with the text flowing around it. Blah blah blah, need more text for plenty of wrapping. See I go on and on, saying nothing useful, just needing more text. Paper boats float. So do ducks. And witches, at least that's what I heard in a movie once. Most rocks won't float. Wood sometimes floats. Some furniture floats. Gosh, this is going on a really long time and I JUST NEED MORE TEXT SO IT WRAPS. I can't guarantee that this will work in all browsers though, so I will type more. I bet Socrates could float. Okay hopefully this is enough text. No? Not really. Let's talk about steak. I like it. Saltgrass is my favorite not-super-expensive steak house and they have an excellent chicken and shrimp embrochette. I am not sure of the spelling of that word.

Then people wanted to use floats to do the layout of pages. That is a pretty crazy idea, but it was and is super common. Let’s start laying out some principles.

If an element is floated, it takes on the characteristics of a block element regardless of the CSS display setting and the content that follows it flows around it.

<div>A div</div><span>A span</span>

The CSS.

div, span {
  float: left;
  height: 40px;
  width: 300px;

div {
  background-color: #DDD;

span {
  background-color: #AAA;