What does 100% mean in CSS | Amelia Wattenberger

A super useful recap of the main ways that CSS calculates percentage for element layout, each with a brilliant slider-based demo. The tl;dr:

  • The width and height elements are based on the parent's dimensions;
  • So are positioning attributes such as top and right;
  • Both margin and padding attributes inherit from the parent, but only use the width value (even for things like margin-top);
  • The transform property uses the element's dimensions.

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