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Thread: Can I use a <div> or <hr> tag to put a horiztonal line in a <div> wrap tag???????????

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    Can I use a <div> or <hr> tag to put a horiztonal line in a <div> wrap tag???????????

    Hi Everybody! CowGirl Here!

    I am in a bit of a pickle and was hoping somebody can help me.

    I have a <div> tag with lots of <p> tags inside, and all is good. I am using css so that all the <p> tags in the <div> tag have a set padding.

    The problem is that I am trying to insert a horizontal line inside this <div>. I tried taking a <p> tag and attaching a class to get a horizontal line to appear and it works, but I cannot change the padding because it is set by the <div> css rule. This is the problem - I want to change the padding for the horizontal rule so that it is different than that set for <p> by the <div> rule.

    Code:
    <div class="new_spread_word_main_body">
    <p>Send an email to your family and friends</p>
    <p class="new_spread_word_hr_line"></p>
    </div>

    Can I replace the horizontal line <p> tag with a <div> or <hr> tag, like set out below?

    <div class="new_spread_word_main_body">
    <p>Send an email to your family and friends</p>
    <div class="new_spread_word_hr_line"></div>
    <hr class="new_spread_word_hr_line"></hr>
    </div>

    I just don't know if you can insert a <div> or <hr> tags like this.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Don't follow what you are doing. Why aren't you using the <hr> tag on it's own? In HTML5 you use CSS to style the <hr> width. color, etc. can add other stuff like clear:both.

    A horizontal rule <hr> can be visual break in content.

    See. for instance, http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_hr.asp or http://webdesign.about.com/od/beginn.../aa021599a.htm or https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/...TML/Element/hr

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    When you originally tried to make a <p> tag which was automatically inheriting the characteristics of all the other <p> tags the simple answer would be to give it a class that is different from all the others and in your still sheet just give it a padding of 0. If trying to use an <hr> tag the previous reply was 100% correct and you should do what he said.

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    Auntnini and Jawaune,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my message.

    I knew the problem was the use of a <p> tag to create a horizontal line. The code was written by an elance contractor and I did not know if he did it that way because you could not / should not place a <div> tag or <hr> tag in a sequence of <p> tags.

    I assume it is okay to play a <hr> tag in a sequence of <p> tags and I will do that, like the below:

    <div class="new_spread_word_main_body">
    <p>Send an email to your family and friends</p>
    <hr class="new_spread_word_hr_line"></hr>
    <p>Send an email to your family and friends</p>
    </div>

    Thanks!

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    OOPS! <hr> is "empty"

    Most HTML tags come in pairs <p>content</p> that have an opening tag to define content and then a closing tag </__>. But there are tags that do not define content in between the opening and closing parts. These are therefore called "empty" tags. The <HR> horizontal rule, <BR> line break, <IMG> image tag (which is like a placeholder that is replaced by image), <META> meta date about doc, and some others I cannot think of are "empty" tags. If you are using XHTML doc type, XML specifies a self-closing for such tags <HR /> <BR />, otherwise it's just <HR> or <BR> (lowercase of course).

    And define your hr in CSS so you don;t have to spell out the details in HTML. You can define "contextual" or more specific CSS style rules for certain sections.

    So you code would be
    Code:
    CSS:  .new_spread_word_main_body hr { ... }
    
    <div class="new_spread_word_main_body">
    <p>Send an email to your family and friends</p>
    <hr>
    <p>Send an email to your family and friends</p>
    </div>
    Last edited by auntnini; 12-08-2012 at 11:07 PM. Reason: insert code

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    Auntnini,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my message.

    I understand the error of my way and fixed it per your guidance.

    Thank you!

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