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The padding-block-start CSS property defines the logical block 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-toppadding-rightpadding-bottom, or padding-left property depending on the values defined for writing-mode, direction, and text-orientation.

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

Initial value0
Applies toall elements
Percentageslogical-width of containing block
Computed valueas <length>
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


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

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

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


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

Formal syntax



HTML Content

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

CSS Content

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

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


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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support No support 41.0 (41.0)[1] No support No support No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 41.0 (41.0)[1] No support No support No support

[1] Available since Gecko 38, but behind the preference layout.css.vertical-text.enabled, then disabled by default. The preference has been removed in Gecko 51 and this property cannot be disabled since this version.

See also

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