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Space between DIV elements in IE6 and IE7

by MK on August 9, 2008

This particular bug has troubled me for some time today. I was putting a curved border around one of the Javascript slideshows and was using three div’s with float:left attribute.

Both IE6 and IE7 were inserting a blank space of about 5px right inside the parent DIV at the bottom and that was resulting in blank space between the borders.

After some troubleshooting I found out that IE was inserting a space for the font size regardless of the height mentioned in CSS.

So the fix is to define a font-family and font-size attribute lesser then the total height of DIV.

font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;



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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul April 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Wow, I’ve been pulling hair because of this!
Thank you for sharing.

Martha May 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

It worked! Thanks so much.

Ivan July 22, 2009 at 6:18 am

Thanks man :-) This is so helpful. But I used just font-size without family and it worked.

Tony August 27, 2009 at 12:06 am

Thank you, that hint was pure gold! I had only png file in the div and no text at all – I really wouldn’t have think of changing the font size! Thanks once again.

Sir Cliff January 20, 2010 at 3:01 am

Simple but effective solution!

Joe Ski20 March 30, 2010 at 9:46 am


Paul March 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

What were you using to make your curved borders in IE?

Kelly April 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Another thing you can do is have the height set then say overflow: hidden. Works for me without the font doing it that way.

Craig August 20, 2010 at 2:37 am

That’s a bizarre fix?? It worked though! You’re a life saver! Thanks!

Martin July 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thanks! My layout was all screwed up in IE7 and this worked perfectly! Saved me hours of trying to wrestle with the POS that is IE7.

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