“Shrinkwrapped” List with CSS

“Shrinkwrapped” List with CSS

This post is part of a project to move my old reference material to my blog. Before 2012, when I accessed the same pieces of code or general information multiple times, I would write a quick HTML page for my own reference and put it on a personal site. Later, I published these pages online. Some of the pages still get used and now I want to make them available on my blog.

Photo by [Annie Spratt](https://cdn.hashnode.com/res/hashnode/image/upload/v1627409933332/C0SuccDR2.html)Photo by Annie Spratt

The following code will create a list (<ul> in this case) that is only as wide as its longest item.


The HTML is very simple. Just an unordered list:

  <li>Lorem ipsum</li>
  <li>Dolor sit amet</li>
  <li>Morbi odio</li>
  <li>Mi blandit vehicula</li>


These lines do all the work. The border declaration is optional but helps to visualize the result.

ul {
  border: solid 1px #555555;
  display: inline-block;  


The browser support for display: inline-block is excellent. You can feel comfortable using it in today’s web environment.