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HI, I want to format text inside the div so it looks more professional with some sort of  background,
In CSS do I need to add further div for each of the text outputs? I a using php to display some data.
I am after a css solution.

 <div class="dashbox">
           <div  class="dashhead">
               Income
           </div>
           
            <?php echo 'Timesheet Income';
             echo '<br><br>Current Pay Period'. $ test;
             echo '<br>Last Pay period';
            echo '<br><br>Fortnight';
             echo '<br>Month';
           
            ?>
        </div>


.dashbox {
    height:300px;
    width:300px;
    border:1px solid blue;
   
   
}
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by:Gary
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so it looks more professional with some sort of  background
How so?
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by:jagguy
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I just need this to look better and is there an easy way to format the text without another div
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Chris Stanyon earned 2000 total points
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That's a very subjective question because what looks good to one person looks awful to another. Having said that, CSS is only responsible for styling the content, so getting your content right is the first step. You look like you about to catch DIVitis! Don't forget, you can style all the HTML tags, not just DIVs:

Have a look at this:

<div class="dashbox">
   <h1>Income</h1>
   <dl>
      <dt>Timesheet Income</dt>
      <dd>Current Pay Period: <?php echo $test ?></dd>
      <dd>Last Pay Period: </dd>
      <dd>Fortnight: </dd>
      <dd>Month: </dd>
   </dl>
</div>

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Now you can use CSS to style the elements exactly as you like:

.dashbox { height:300px; width:300px; border:1px solid blue; }
.dashbox h1 { color: red; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 2em; }
.dashbox dt { font-weight:bold; color: green; font-size: 1.2em; }
.dashbox dd { font-style: italic; }

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