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Centering Form on HTML page

 
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I have a Spring MVC project using Thymeleaf. I have a submission given by the following file:



The css file is



I want to align the <label>s and <input>s and center them, so I modified the form to be a CSS table. I changed the
HTML file to enclose the <label>s and <input>s with <p></p> as follows:



Then I added the following to my CSS file:


This aligned the <label>s and <input>s, but does not center them. The before and after shots look like:


spittr.png
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Before modification
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After modification
 
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So what's your question?

Also, it's best to show the client-side markup in this forum, rather than the server-side source.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:So what's your question?

Also, it's best to show the client-side markup in this forum, rather than the server-side source.



My question is I was able to align the <input>s and <labels>s, but now the form shifted to left justification. I want
to keep the form centered as in the first image.
 
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OK, to be honest, I'd backtrack quite a bit -- there'a lot of unnecessary complexity both in your markup, and in your CSS.

Then, to center the form itself:
  • Make sure the form is a block element (it is by default, but if there's anything making it otherwise, you need to make sure it's a block element)
  • Give the form a width; it can be a percentage if you want.
  • Make the left and right margin auto.


  • That's it. That will center the form block on the page.

    Remove all the excess styling you have now.

    You can then style the interior as you see fit.
     
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    I'd also avoid using the <p> tag here -- forms are not text paragraphs. You should strive to keep your HTML as semantic as possible.'

    Also, at this stage, all new pages should be HTML5; XHTML is long dead and buried.
     
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