Column Spacing

Howard Bash
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I had this question after viewing jQuery Generalization.

I am not sure if you have the final CSS and HTML for reference so I will include them.  The question is how can I increase the column spacings for the drop down?

Final CSS
<style type="text/css">

a , a:hover{
  text-decoration: none!important;
}

.menu-container {
  position: relative;
}
.menu-container .item {
  float: left;
  padding: 0 15px;
}
.menu-container .item > a {
   padding-top: 5px;  
   padding-bottom: 5px;
}
.menu-container:after {
  display: table;
  content: " ";
  clear: both;
}
.sub-menu {
  background: #fff;
  border: 1px solid black;
  display: none;
  position: absolute;
}
.item:hover .sub-menu {
  display: block;
  border-width:1px;
  border-color:green;
  border-radius:20px;
  margin:3px 0 0 0;
}

.item:hover > a {
  background: red;
  color: white;
}
</style>

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Final HTM fragment
  <div class="container">
    <div class="menu-container">
        
      <div class="item">
        <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">1-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
          <div class="sub-menu">
            <div class="col_1" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">2-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">3-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">4-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->
          
            <div class="col_2" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">5-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">6-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">7-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_3" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">8-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">9-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">10-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_4" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">11-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">12-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">13-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_5" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">14-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">15-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">16-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_6" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">17-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">18-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">19-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->
          </div>          
      </div>
            
      <div class="item">
        <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">20-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>           
          <div class="sub-menu">
            <div class="col_1" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">21-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">22-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">23-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->
            
            <div class="col_2" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">24-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">25-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">26-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_3" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">27-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">28-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">29-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_4" style="float:left; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">30-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">31-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">32-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_5" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">33-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">34-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">35-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->

            <div class="col_6" style="float:left;padding:5px; height:auto;width:auto;padding-right:5">
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">36-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp">37-HTML Tutorial</a><br/>    
              <a href="http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp">38-JavaScript Tutorial</a><br/>
            </div><!-- Close Col Div  -->
          </div>
        </div>

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Commented:
You currently have padding:5px; on each column div which adds 5px padding to all four sides of the div. You could increase the right padding for each div by specifying each side independently (top, right, bottom, left).
padding:5px 15px 5px 5px;

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Or you could add a right margin to each div.
padding:5px;margin-right:10px;

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You may want to omit the right margin for the right-most column.
Howard BashSenior Software Engineer

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That's fine.  I went for adding padding:5px 15px 5px 5px; for each column.   Giving the last column less padding might be a bit tricky as I generate the DIVs from a "thick" piece of javascript which reads the data from a JSON structure.

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