Steven Steven - 7 days ago 5
CSS Question

How do I center align horizontal <UL> menu?

I need to center align a horizontal menu.

I've tried various solutions, including the mix of

inline-block
/
block
/
center-align
etc., but haven't succeeded.

Here is my code:

<div class="topmenu-design">
<!-- Top menu content: START -->
<ul id="topmenu firstlevel">
<li class="firstli" id="node_id_64"><div><a href="#"><span>Om kampanjen</span></a></div></li>
<li id="node_id_65"><div><a href="#"><span>Fakta om inneklima</span></a></div></li>
<li class="lastli" id="node_id_66"><div><a href="#"><span>Statistikk</span></a></div></li>
</ul>
<!-- Top menu content: END -->
</div>


UPDATE

I know how to center align the
ul
within the
div
. That can be accomplished using Sarfraz's suggestion.
But the list items are still floated left within the
ul
.

Do I need Javascript to accomplish this?

Answer

From http://pmob.co.uk/pob/centred-float.htm:

The premise is simple and basically just involves a widthless float wrapper that is floated to the left and then shifted off screen to the left width position:relative; left:-50%. Next the nested inner element is reversed and a relative position of +50% is applied. This has the effect of placing the element dead in the center. Relative positioning maintains the flow and allows other content to flow underneath.

Code

#buttons{
    float:right;
    position:relative;
    left:-50%;
    text-align:left;
}
#buttons ul{
    list-style:none;
    position:relative;
    left:50%;
}

#buttons li{float:left;position:relative;}/* ie needs position:relative here*/

#buttons a{
    text-decoration:none;
    margin:10px;
    background:red;
    float:left;
    border:2px outset blue;
    color:#fff;
    padding:2px 5px;
    text-align:center;
    white-space:nowrap;
}
#buttons a:hover{ border:2px inset blue;color:red;background:#f2f2f2;}
#content{overflow:hidden}/* hide horizontal scrollbar*/
<div id="buttons">
    <ul>
        <li><a href="#">Button 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Button 2's a bit longer</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Butt 3</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Button 4</a></li>
    </ul>
</div>