Snorlax Snorlax - 4 months ago 20
HTML Question

inline-block boxes not fitting in their container

Not sure what I'm doing wrong, I thought that by adding border-box, it would fit those 4 boxes neatly.

http://jsfiddle.net/jzhang172/x3ftdx6n/



.ok{
width:300px;
background:red;
height:100px;
box-sizing:border-box;
}

.box{
display:inline-block;
box-sizing:border-box;
width:25%;
border:2px solid blue;
height:100%;
}

<div class="ok">
<div class="box">1</div>
<div class="box">2</div>
<div class="box">3</div>
<div class="box">4</div>

</div>




Answer

The problem is that inline-block elements are, by default, rendered with a bit of extra space.

Why? Because a div set to inline-block has some inline element characteristics.

A space or line break between span elements will result in a space rendered by the browser.

Similarly, if you're writing text in a <p> element, every time you hit the space bar or add a line break a space will be rendered by the browser.

This same rule applies to inline-block divs. A space or line break in the source will result in a space rendered. This creates unexpected width, which can result in an overflow or wrapping.

One solution is to remove all whitespace between elements in the source:

.ok {
  width: 300px;
  background: red;
  height: 100px;
  box-sizing: border-box;
}
.box {
  display: inline-block;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  width: 25%;
  border: 2px solid blue;
  height: 100%;
}
<div class="ok"><div class="box">1</div><div class="box">2</div><div class="box">3</div><div class="box">4</div></div>

Another method sets font-size: 0 on the parent and, if necessary, restores the font on the child:

.ok {
  width: 300px;
  background: red;
  height: 100px;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  font-size: 0;
}
.box {
  display: inline-block;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  width: 25%;
  border: 2px solid blue;
  height: 100%;
  font-size: 16px;
}
<div class="ok">
  <div class="box">1</div>
  <div class="box">2</div>
  <div class="box">3</div>
  <div class="box">4</div>
</div>

Other options include negative margins, omitting closing tags, using comment tags, floats and flexbox. See this article for more details: