Central Horizontal Boxes

Author: Rick Dyer

Comments: This is a variation on Centred list navbar so it is assumed it works in most of the required browsers. The only caveate is that css validation fails the negative margin-left value I have used to close up the space to the left of the list item that shows on hover. Despite this validation failure it works OK in IE6, Netscape 7 and FireFox.

Update: A solution can be found at Andrea Lazzarotto's centered list (Italian).

Browser support chart

<div id="navcontainer">
<ul id="navlist">
<li id="active"><a href="#" id="current">Item one</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item two</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item three</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item four</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item five</a></li>

background-color: #1F00CA;
border-top: solid 1px #FFFFFF;
border-bottom: solid 1px #FFFFFF;

div#navcontainer ul
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-weight: bold;
color: white;
text-align: center;
margin: 0;
padding-bottom: 5px;
padding-top: 5px;

div#navcontainer ul li
display: inline;
margin-left: -4px;

div#navcontainer ul li a
padding: 5px 10px 5px 10px;
color: white;
text-decoration: none;
border-right: 1px solid #fff;

div#navcontainer ul li a:hover
background-color: #16008D;
color: white;

#active a { border-left: 1px solid #fff; }

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