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Applying floats to inline elements

Name: float

Value: left | right | inherit | none

Char­ac­ter­is­tics :

  • Float­ing an ele­ment will cause it to move to the left-most or right-most edge of its par­ent container.
  • Float­ing removes the ele­ment from nor­mal doc­u­ment flow and changes the stack­ing context.
  • It and will cause ele­ments below it to shift accordingly.

In the pre­vi­ous arti­cle, floats and clearfix we dis­cussed how floats inter­act with block level ele­ment. Here, we will con­tinue the sim­i­lar dis­cus­sion for inline elements.

Iter­a­tion 1: We have an image and some text inside a sec­tion as shown below.

See the Pen inline-float-1 by Kavit Shah (@kavitshah8) on Code­Pen.

Iter­a­tion 2: We want to wrap the text around an image. We can apply float:left to an image and it will work.

See the Pen inline-float-2 by Kavit Shah (@kavitshah8) on Code­Pen.


  • As we know, mak­ing an ele­ment float removes it from the nor­mal doc­u­ment flow and the next ele­ment occu­pies that space and goes under the floated element.


Why does the text in the para­graph not go under the image?

Answer: line-box

The para­graph does go under the floated ele­ment but because of the line-box the text does not cut off as shown in iter­a­tion 3.

Iter­a­tion 3: Shows the para­graph going under the floated element.

See the Pen inline-float-3 by Kavit Shah (@kavitshah8) on Code­Pen.

  • Notice, that the para­graph goes under the floated ele­ment but the text does not cut off because of the line-box.

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