Michael Gearon

CSS Borders

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CSS3 Pseudo Element

The border property allows you to specify how the border of the box representing an element should look. The border module consists of the following properties, border-color, border-style and border-width. In this post we will look at all three properties and how we can combined them into the shorthand property.

Border Style

The border-style property controls the type of border to display.

There is plenty of choice:

See the Pen Border Types by Michael Gearon (@michaelgearon) on CodePen.0

Border Width

The border-width CSS property controls the width of the four borders. In order to see the thickness of a border you must first specify the border-style property.

There is three pre-defined values which are:

Alternatively you can set your own borders in px, pt, cm, em or any other value. You can also set different size borders for the 4 sides.

See the Pen yOwPKK by Michael Gearon (@michaelgearon) on CodePen.0

Border Color

The border-color property is used to set the color of the four borders. You can set the color using rgb(a), hex or name.

Borders Shorthand Property

You can combine the border-width, border-style and border-color into one property which is border.

p{
border: 4px dotted orange;
}

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Michael Gearon

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Michael Gearon

Michael Gearon is a Senior Interaction Designer at Companies House in Cardiff. Previously Mike was a product designer at the GoCo Group including GoCompare, MyVoucherCodes and WeFlip. As well working for brands in South Wales like BrandContent and HEOR.