I need to make following code stretchable with predefined height

   background: url(bg.gif) no-repeat bottom right;
   height: 25px;

<span class="title">This is title</span>

But since span is inline element, "height" property won't work.

I tried using div instead, but it will expand up to the width of upper element. And the width should be flexible.

Can anyone suggest any good solution for this?

Thanks in advance.

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Give it a display:inline-block in CSS - that should let it do what you want.
In terms of compatibility: IE6/7 will work with this, as quirks mode suggests:

IE 6/7 accepts the value only on elements with a natural display: inline.



  display: inline-block;
  height: 25px;

The only trick is browser support. Check if your list of supported browsers handles inline-block here.

this is to make display:inline-block work in all browsers:

Quirkly enough, in IE (6/7) , if you trigger hasLayout with "zoom:1" and then set the display to inline, it behaves as an inline block.

.inline-block {
    display: inline-block;
    zoom: 1;
    *display: inline;

Assuming you don't want to make it a block element, then you might try:

.title  {
    display: inline-block; /* which allows you to set the height/width; but this isn't cross-browser, particularly as regards IE < 7 */
    line-height: 2em; /* or */
    padding-top: 1em;
    padding-bottom: 1em;

But the easiest solution is to simply treat the .title as a block-level element, and using the appropriate heading tags <h1> through <h6>.

span { display: table-cell; height: (your-height + px); vertical-align: middle; }

For spans to work like a table-cell (or any other element, for that matter), height must be specified. I've given spans a height, and they work just fine--but you must add height to get them to do what you want.

Another option of course is to use Javascript (Jquery here):


Why do you need a span in this case? If you want to style the height could you just use a div? You might try a div with display: inline, although that might have the same issue since you'd in effect be doing the same thing as a span.

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