Tyler Crompton Tyler Crompton - 5 months ago 22
CSS Question

A Space between Inline-Block List Items


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Unwanted margin in inline-block list items

How to remove “Invisible space” from HTML




Why do the inline-block list items have a space in them? No matter how I make my list items into a menu, I always get spaces.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Weird Lists</title>
<style type="text/css">
li {
border: 1px solid black;
display: inline-block;
height: 25px;
list-style-type: none;
text-align: center;
width: 50px;
}
ul {
padding: 0;
}
</style>
</head>

<body>
<ul>
<li>One</li>
<li>Two</li>
<li>Three</li>
</ul>
</body>
</html>

Answer

I have seen this and answered on it before:

After further research I have discovered that inline-block is a whitespace dependent method and is dependent on the font setting. In this case 4px is rendered.

To avoid this you could run all your lis together in one line, or block the end tags and begin tags together like this:

<ul>
        <li>
            <div>first</div>
        </li><li>
            <div>first</div>
        </li><li>
            <div>first</div>
        </li><li>
            <div>first</div>
        </li>
</ul>

Example here.


As mentioned by other answers and comments, the best practice for solving this is to add font-size: 0; to the parent element:

ul {
    font-size: 0;
}

ul li {
    font-size: 14px;
    display: inline-block;
}

This is better for HTML readability (avoiding running the tags together etc). The spacing effect is because of the font's spacing setting, so you must reset it for the inlined elements and set it again for the content within.