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    The padding-left CSS property of an element sets the padding space required on the left side of an element. The padding area is the space between the content of the element and it's border. A negative value is not allowed.

    • Initial value 0
    • Applies to all elements except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column
    • Inherited no
    • Percentages refer to the width of the containing block
    • Media visual
    • Computed value the percentage as specified or the absolute length
    • Animatable yes, as a length
    • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


    Formal syntax: <length> | <percentage>
    padding-left: 0.5em;
    padding-left: 0;
    padding-left: 2cm;
    padding-left: 10%
    padding-left: inherit


    Specifies a positive fixed width. See <length> for details.
    A percentage with respect to the width of the containing block.


    .content { padding-left: 5%; }
    .sidebox { padding-left: 10px; } 


    Specification Status Comment
    CSS Basic Box Model Working Draft No change.
    CSS Transitions Working Draft Defines padding-left as animatable.
    CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation No change.
    CSS Level 1 Recommendation Initial definition.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.0) 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

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