CSS Mastery pp 39-59 | Cite as

Visual Formatting Model Overview

  • Andy Budd
  • Emil Björklund


Some of the most important CSS concepts to grasp are floating, positioning, and the box model. These concepts control the way elements are arranged and displayed on a page and form the basis of many layout techniques. More recently, new standards specifically designed to control layout have been introduced, and we will look at these individually in forthcoming chapters. However, the concepts that you learn in this chapter will help you fully grasp the intricacies of the box model, the difference between absolute and relative positioning, and how floating and clearing actually work. Once you have a firm grasp of these fundamentals, developing sites using CSS becomes that much easier.


Absolute Position Format Context Style Sheet Vertical Margin Grid Layout 
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© Andy Budd and Emil Bjorklund 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andy Budd
    • 1
  • Emil Björklund
    • 2
  1. 1.BrightonUK
  2. 2.MalmoSweden

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