padding-inline-start

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The padding-inline-start CSS property defines the logical inline start padding of an element, which maps to a physical padding depending on the element's writing mode, directionality, and text orientation. It corresponds to the padding-top, padding-right, padding-bottom, or padding-left property depending on the values defined for writing-mode, direction, and text-orientation.

It relates to padding-block-start, padding-block-end, and padding-inline-end, which define the other paddings of the element.

Syntax

/* <length> values */
padding-inline-start: 10px;   /* An absolute length */
padding-inline-start: 1em;    /* A length relative to the text size */

/* <percentage> value */
padding-inline-start: 5%;     /* A padding relative to the block container's width */

/* Global values */
padding-inline-start: inherit;
padding-inline-start: initial;
padding-inline-start: unset;
Initial value0
Applies toall elements
Inheritedno
Percentageslogical-width of containing block
Mediavisual
Computed valueas <length>
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Values

The padding-inline-start property takes the same values as the padding-left property.

Formal syntax

<'padding-left'>

Example

HTML

<div>
  <p class="exampleText">Example text</p>
</div>

CSS

div {
  background-color: yellow;
  width: 120px;
  height: 120px;
}

.exampleText {
  writing-mode: vertical-lr;
  padding-inline-start: 20px;
  background-color: #C8C800;
}

Specification

Specification Status Comment
CSS Logical Properties and Values Level 1
The definition of 'padding-inline-start' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
padding-inline-startChrome Full support 69
Full support 69
Full support 2
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
Edge No support NoFirefox Full support 41
Full support 41
No support 38 — 51
Disabled
Disabled From version 38 until version 51 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.vertical-text.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Full support 3
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -moz-padding-start
IE No support NoOpera Full support 56
Full support 56
Full support 15
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
Safari Full support 12.1
Full support 12.1
Full support 3
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
WebView Android Full support 69
Full support 69
Full support 2
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
Chrome Android Full support 69
Full support 69
Full support 18
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
Firefox Android Full support 41
Full support 41
No support 38 — 51
Disabled
Disabled From version 38 until version 51 (exclusive): this feature is behind the layout.css.vertical-text.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Full support 4
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -moz-padding-start
Opera Android Full support 48
Full support 48
Full support 14
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
Safari iOS Full support 12.2
Full support 12.2
Full support 3
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start
Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
Alternate Name
Full support Yes
Alternate Name
Alternate Name Uses the non-standard name: -webkit-padding-start

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
Uses a non-standard name.
Uses a non-standard name.

See also