Test your skills: The Box Model

The aim of this task is to help you check your understanding of the CSS Box Model.

Note: You can try out solutions in the interactive editors below, however, it may be helpful to download the code and use an online tool such as CodePen, jsFiddle, or Glitch to work on the tasks.

If you get stuck, then ask us for help โ€” see the Assessment or further help section at the bottom of this page.

The Box Model One

With the two boxes below, one is using the standard box model, the other the alternate box model. Change the width of the second box by adding rules to the .alternate class, so that it matches the visual width of the first box. Your final result will look like the image below.

Two boxes of the same size

Try updating the live code below to recreate the finished example:

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The Box Model Two

In this task, add to the box:

  • A 5px, black, dotted border.
  • A top margin of 20px.
  • A right margin of 1em.
  • A bottom margin of 40px.
  • A left margin of 2em.
  • Padding on all sides of 1em.

A box with a dotted border

Try updating the live code below to recreate the example as displayed in the image:

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The Box Model Three

In this example the inline element has a margin, padding and border however the lines above and below are overlapping it. What can you add to your CSS to cause the size of the margin, padding, and border to be respected by the other lines, while still keeping the element inline?

An inline box with space between it and the text around it.

Try updating the live code below to recreate the finished example:

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Assessment or further help

You can practice these examples in the Interactive Editors mentioned above.

If you would like your work assessed, or are stuck and want to ask for help:

  1. Put your work into an online shareable editor such as CodePen, jsFiddle, or Glitch. You can write the code yourself, or use the starting point files linked to in the above sections.
  2. Write a post asking for assessment and/or help at the MDN Discourse forum Learning category. Your post should include:
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    • Details of what you have already tried, and what you would like us to do, e.g. if you are stuck and need help, or want an assessment.
    • A link to the example you want to be assessed or need help with, in an online shareable editor (as mentioned in step 1 above). This is a good practice to get into โ€” it's very hard to help someone with a coding problem if you can't see their code.
    • A link to the actual task or assessment page, so we can find the question you want help with.