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;

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.

Description

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.

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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See also