inline-level elements

Inline-level elements are those elements of the source document that do not form new blocks of content; the content is distributed in lines (e.g., emphasized pieces of text within a paragraph, inline images, etc.). Several values of the 'display' property make an element inline: 'inline', 'inline-table', 'inline-block' and 'run-in' (part of the time; see run-in boxes). Inline-level elements generate inline boxes.

Vertical margin, border and padding do not play a role in the flow. Only horizontal values do. The vertical padding, border and margin of an inline, non-replaced box start at the top and bottom of the content area, not the 'line-height'.

If the yellow box overlaps the previous box, but not the following one, it is not only because of source order. To find out how elements stack see: z-index.

Vertical margin, border and padding on inline elements may trigger scrolling mechanisms.

In IE 6 and 7, the yellow box is clipped by its containing block.

Style the yellow box with:

	position: relative

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<span id="aqua">aqua</span> <span id="yellow">yellow</span> <span id="pink">pink</span>

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