Erick Petrucelli Erick Petrucelli - 2 months ago 7
CSS Question

How to make children auto fit parent's width only with CSS?

I have a server-side component that generates a fluid layout "toolbar" using

DIV
without fixed width, generating many
A
inside it.

Then I need customize that layout to make all
A
tags auto fit to the parent width. But the number of children is variable and the parent's width isn't known (it auto fits itself to the window).

I made some tests with this Fiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/ErickPetru/6nSEj/1/

But I can't find a way to make it dynamic (uncomment the last
A
tag to see how it ins't working, lol).

I can't change the server-side sources to gerenate HTML with fixed width. And I really would like to solve it only with CSS if there is any way, even that with JavaScript I could achieve that result.

How can I make all the children auto-fit itself to the parent's width independently of the number of children?

Answer

This is already a pretty old question. Although the answers given attended well at the time, nowadays the Flexible Box Layout offers the same result with much more simplicity, with good support in all modern browsers. I strongly recommend it!

/* Important parts */
.parent {
  display: flex;
}

.parent a {
  flex: 1;
}

/* Decoration */
.parent {
  padding: 8px;
  border: 1px solid #ccc;
  background: #ededed;
}

.parent a {
  line-height: 26px;
  text-align: center;
  text-decoration: none;
  border: 1px solid #ccc;
  background: #dbdbdb;
  color: #111;
}
<div class="parent">
  <a href="#">Some</a>
  <a href="#">Other</a>
  <a href="#">Any</a>
</div>

<br>

<div class="parent">
  <a href="#">Some</a>
  <a href="#">Other</a>
  <a href="#">Any</a>
  <a href="#">One More</a>
  <a href="#">Last</a>
</div>