padding-block

The padding-block CSS shorthand property defines the logical block start and end padding of an element, which maps to physical padding properties depending on the element's writing mode, directionality, and text orientation.

/* <length> values */
padding-block: 10px 20px;  /* An absolute length */
padding-block: 1em 2em;   /* relative to the text size */
padding-block: 10px; /* sets both start and end values */

/* <percentage> values */ 
padding-block: 5% 2%; /* relative to the nearest block container's width */ 

/* Global values */
padding-block: inherit;
padding-block: initial;
padding-block: unset;

These values corresponds to the padding-top and padding-bottom, or padding-right, and padding-left property depending on the values defined for writing-mode, direction, and text-orientation.

Constituent properties

This property is a shorthand for the following CSS properties:

Syntax

Values

The padding-block property takes the same values as the padding-left property.

Formal definition

Initial value0
Applies toall elements
Inheritedno
Percentageslogical-width of containing block
Computed valueas <length>
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

<'padding-left'>{1,2}

Examples

Setting block padding for vertical text

HTML

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

CSS

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

.exampleText {
  writing-mode: vertical-rl;
  padding-block: 20px 40px;
  background-color: #c8c800;
}

Result

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
padding-blockChrome Full support 69
Disabled
Full support 69
Disabled
Disabled From version 69: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform features preference (needs to be set to Enabled). To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Full support 79
Disabled
Full support 79
Disabled
Disabled From version 79: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform features preference (needs to be set to Enabled).
Firefox Full support 66IE No support NoOpera Full support 56Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 69Chrome Android Full support 69
Disabled
Full support 69
Disabled
Disabled From version 69: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform features preference (needs to be set to Enabled). To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Firefox Android Full support 66Opera Android Full support 48Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 10.0

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See also