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http://www.yourdentalwebsite.com.au/test.html
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Hi,

I've created a menu system on the page above and it works fine in all browsers but for some reason in Safari/Chrome some extra margin or padding (about 14px ) gets added in between the top level menu and the sub menu.

The menu system sits inside the DIV named 'menu_content'.

Can anyone work out why?
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by:scrathcyboy
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whatever elements you are using, style them all to no margins, no padding, and no border, like this --

DIV  {margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px; display:inline; overflow:visible;  }

If there is a FORM in the DIV, do the same for that, if a table do the same for that, if an image, do the same

DIV, IMG, FORM, TABLE, BODY  {margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px; display:inline; overflow:visible;  }

See how that gets them all.  If this is too tight, you can always increase margins or padding later.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Can't he just do this:

*  {margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px; display:inline; overflow:visible;  }
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David S. earned 1500 total points
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These are well worth reading:

http://www.search-this.com/2007/03/12/no-margin-for-error/
http://snook.ca/archives/html_and_css/no_css_reset/

@mplungjan  Global reset can cause some problems with form controls, so I don't recommend it.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Good article...
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by:scrathcyboy
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But I never suggested a global reset.  I said to only limit the margin, padding, etc on just the page elements like forms, or DIV that are causing the padding / margin problem, as in my first comment.   I would never to a reset of everything, or recommend it.
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by:David S.
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> But I never suggested a global reset.

I didn't say you did. However, mplungjan did suggest it.

By the way, as far as I know, no browser puts default padding, margins, or borders on "div" elements. It doesn't hurt to specify those properties for that element type though.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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I did not "suggest" it, I asked if
DIV, IMG, FORM, TABLE, BODY  {margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px; display:inline; overflow:visible;  }

could not be written

* {margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px; display:inline; overflow:visible;  }

and I got my answer.
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by:David S.
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Oh you really were asking how they were different.

By the way, since the values are 0, the units (i.e. "px") are not required.
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