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    Junior Member caterpixel's Avatar
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    I'm working on a CSS stylesheet for a template that I want to make available for download, eventually. I'm creating 3 separate stylesheets to help make it easy for people to make changes:

    1. layout.css - just for structure, div widths, heights, reset styles, padding, margins, etc.

    2. typography.css - just for defining default font styles, faces, sizes

    3. colors.css - for colors only, making it easy to change the colors of the site.

    My question is, where is the best place to define padding for text? Since I'm using CSS reset, all default padding is set to 0. Thus, it bumps up to the very top of any div I have on my site. if those divs have a background image, it can be problematic.

    Do I put padding on the div elements in the layout.css file and leave padding values in my typography stylesheet at 0? Or do i set padding on the font elements themselves?

    For example, which is better practice:

    in typography.css:
    h1 { padding: 0; font-weight: bold; etc...}

    (in layout.css)
    div h1 {padding: 5px 0;}


    in typography.css:
    h1{padding: 5px 0; font-weight: bold; etc...}

    in layout.css:
    no paddings for text elements.

    Hope that makes sense...


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    Senior Member redefyned1's Avatar
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    Typically you would just add the padding to the DIV itself.

    You mention that you are creating 3 stylesheets to make it easier for the user. I think this will actually make it more difficult since now they will have to access 3 different sheets in order to make modifications.

    Why not put it all in one CSS and divide up the three using comments?

    Just a suggestion.


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