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Posted on 2011-09-13
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I am having problems with using padding. When I apply it to my #content-right and #right its shifting everything like its a margin. Any ideas as to what is going on. I am using Joomla! 1.7 as a content management system.

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That's what it does.  Here's the 'official' description: http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/box.html   When you specify a 'width', it is the width of the 'content' the innermost part of the HTML box model.  Padding, border, and margin are added to the outside.  The difference between padding and margin is that padding is inside the border and has the background color of the content.  Margin is outside the border and is transparent.
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Let me try and explain this in more detail. I have specified a width of 65% or 650px for #content-right. When I add a padding:15px; its also like its adding 30px to the left and right equaling out to 680px. When I add the padding of 15px instead of taking the content and pushing the border in its expanding it. I hope that makes more since as to what problem I am having.
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Apparently you didn't look at the link that I posted.  What you are describing is correct behavior.  Padding pushes the border Out because padding is Inside the border.  Nothing reduces the size of the content area, padding, borders, and margins are Added to the outside content.
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I did read the link you send. I still do not think that I am conveying my message. I will do an illustration of what I need to happen as to what is really happening. Also I was able to figure out the problem. Sometime I guess it helps to step away for a minute and then refocus. Thanks for your help.
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Ignore that illustration I attached. I didnt mean to attach it.
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