margin-inline-start

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

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

/* <length> values */
margin-inline-start: 10px;  /* An absolute length */
margin-inline-start: 1em;   /* relative to the text size */
margin-inline-start: 5%;    /* relative to the nearest block container's width */

/* Keyword values */
margin-inline-start: auto;

/* Global values */
margin-inline-start: inherit;

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

Initial value0
Applies tosame as margin
Inheritedno
Percentagesdepends on layout model
Mediavisual
Computed valueif specified as a length, the corresponding absolute length; if specified as a percentage, the specified value; otherwise, auto
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

Values

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

Formal syntax

<'margin-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;
  margin-inline-start: 20px;
  background-color: #c8c800;
}

Specification

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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support21 ?

41

32

38 — 513

No ?31
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes ? ?

41

32

38 — 513

No ? ?

1. Supported as -webkit-padding-start.

2. Supported as -moz-padding-start.

3. 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.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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