Center align with table-cell

I’m trying to use the table-cell way to center a div vertically and horizontally.

It works when I use the following code:

div {
  display: table;
}
.logo {
  display: table-cell;
  position: absolute;
  vertical-align: middle;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  bottom: 0;
  top: 0;
  margin: auto;
}

But I’d rather wrap .logo in another div called .center like here JSFiddle, but for some reason, although it works in JSFiddle, it isn’t working for me on my site.

Answer

Here is a good starting point.

HTML:

<div class="containing-table">
    <div class="centre-align">
        <div class="content"></div>
    </div>
</div>

CSS:

.containing-table {
    display: table;
    width: 100%;
    height: 400px; /* for demo only */
    border: 1px dotted blue;
}
.centre-align {
    padding: 10px;
    border: 1px dashed gray;
    display: table-cell;
    text-align: center;
    vertical-align: middle;
}
.content {
    width: 50px;
    height: 50px;
    background-color: red;
    display: inline-block;
    vertical-align: top; /* Removes the extra white space below the baseline */
}

See demo at: http://jsfiddle.net/audetwebdesign/jSVyY/

.containing-table establishes the width and height context for .centre-align (the table-cell).

You can apply text-align and vertical-align to alter .centre-align as needed.

Note that .content needs to use display: inline-block if it is to be centered horizontally using the text-align property.

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