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How do I get a div's width to display (and expand) based upon the text?

Posted on 2011-03-25
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I have created a css box-like display with borders, etc. (ie.: <div><div><div> </div</div></div>).  The outer div is currently displaying the full width of the page.  I only want the "box" to display with a bit of padding to the text.  Without setting a specific width for the outer div, how do I get the outer div's width to display (and expand) based upon the text? I'm trying to avoid using an additional "wrap" div to set a specific width.

.subTitleOuter {
	padding:2px 0 2px 0;
	background-color:#bf2f00;
	border:1px solid #811d05;
}
.subTitleInner {
	border-top:1px solid #d36f37;
	border-bottom:1px solid #d36f37;
	padding:3px 0 3px 0;
}
.subTitleText {
	color:#fff;
	font-weight:bold;
	text-indent:6px;
	text-shadow:0.1em 0.1em 0.05em #a42b00;
}

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<div style="width:160px;">
<div class="subTitleOuter"><div class="subTitleInner"><div class="subTitleText">
Text to be displayed here
</div></div></div>
</div>

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Question by:mar2195
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change your divs to spans.
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by:JF0
ID: 35216409
for padding just add it to your subTitleText class
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by:mar2195
ID: 35216425
Nope.  Didn't work.  It's still displaying the "box" 100% with spans.
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by:mar2195
ID: 35216454
If this helps... This would be the difference between omitting the width param from a TABLE vs. adding 100% width to a TABLE.  Without the width param, the table's width is based upon the content.
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by:JF0
ID: 35216486
Did you change all of them to spans? Do you have a live link?
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by:mar2195
ID: 35218033
I have no idea why using spans didn't work the first time.  It is working now using spans.  BUT... I have lost my CSS layout for the "box."  Using spans instead of divs killed the formatting.
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by:JF0
ID: 35218057
you will just need to tweak your margins and/or  paddings a bit. Give it a try and let me know if you need more help.
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by:mar2195
ID: 35221499
OK.  So here's the latest... Everything is working correctly regarding the expanding width ... except... I cannot get padding or margin to be added to the top/bottom above/below the text.  For some reason, the 9px padding adds spacing to the the left & right... but does not add the padding to the top & bottom.

Here's the new coding:

.subTitleOuter {
	padding:2px 0 2px 0;
	background-color:#bf2f00;
	border:1px solid #811d05;
}
.subTitleInner {
	border-top:1px solid #d36f37;
	border-bottom:1px solid #d36f37;
	margin:3px 0 4px 0;
}
.subTitleText {
	color:#fff;
	font-size:15px;
	font-weight:bold;
	padding:9px;
	text-shadow:0.1em 0.1em 0.05em #a42b00;
}

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<span class="subTitleOuter"><span class="subTitleInner"><span class="subTitleText">
Any text you want in a box-like image
</span></span></span>

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I have tried adding another span ( and div just for yuks ).  I've also tried individual margin/padding, etc.  Nothing seems to add spacing above & below the text.



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by:mar2195
ID: 35224117
Latest...

I have tried using an image as the background and using spans.  But still... the top/bottom of the text will not adjust using CSS.

.subTitleBanner {
	background:url('sm_banner_bkgd.gif') repeat-x;
	height:28px;
	border:1px solid #811d05;
}
.subTitleText {
	color:#fff;
	font-size:15px;
	font-weight:bold;
	padding:3px 24px 4px 9px;
	text-shadow:0.1em 0.1em 0.05em #a42b00;
}

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<span class="subTitleBanner"><span class="subTitleText">
Any text you want in a ribbon-like image
</span></span>

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 sm-banner-bkgd.gif

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by:mar2195
ID: 35224133
I have no idea WTF is going on.  I know that I had coded the padding into the .subTitleBanner class before... now it IS working.

.subTitleBanner {
	background:url('sm_banner_bkgd.gif') repeat-x;
	height:28px;
	border:1px solid #811d05;
	padding:6px;
}

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