Adrian Trimble Adrian Trimble - 1 month ago 5
CSS Question

Width of Headers (H1, H2 etc)

I want my headers (h1 through h6) to have a background colour (different to that of the page background), I also want the width of this background to be the same as the width of the text in the header, plus padding (Not the width of the container that the header is in, which is what is happening now).

There isn't much point in me showing you any code as this is fairly simple (or it should be anyway!). The container is a fixed width. Right now I have just some margins, padding, background colour and font styling set for the h1, h2, h3 etc tags.

EDIT: I guess code would help! https://web.archive.org/web/20090724165158/http://adriantrimble.com/headers (this has Gerald's solution applied, although obviously this would still not work in IE6/7 and still has problems in newer browsers). Using display:inline causes more problems than it solves, using float: left and clear: left as mentioned has problems because of the 2 column layout. Thanks for everyones help so far.

Answer

I would use

#rightcol h1, #rightcol h2, #rightcol h3, #rightcol h4, #rightcol h6, #rightcol h6 {
   float:left;
   clear:left;
}
#rightcol p {clear:left;}


edit after comment

If the containing div is floated, the clear won't clear the left col. So float rightcol left and remove the margin

#rightcol {
   float:left;
   padding:70px 20px 20px 0px;
   width:585px;
}
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