the clearfix hack

Here is a weird, bad thing that can sometimes happen when using floats:

img {
  float: right;
}
<div> An Image

Uh oh... this image is taller than the element containing it, and it's floated, so it's overflowing outside of its container!

Boo. There is a way to fix this, but it's ugly. It's called the clearfix hack.

Let's try adding this new CSS:

.clearfix {
  overflow: auto;
}

Now let's see what happens:

<div class="clearfix"> An Image

Much better!

This works for modern browsers. If you want to support IE6 you will want to add the following:

.clearfix {
  overflow: auto;
  zoom: 1;
}

There are exotic browsers that may require extra attention. The world of clearfixing is pretty scary, but this simple solution will work for the vast majority of browsers today.

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