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CSS inset-block-start Property

The inset-block-start property in CSS is known for defining the logical block start offset of an element which gets mapped to a physical inset on the basis of the writing mode, text orientation, and the directionality of the element.

This property corresponds to the right, top, left, or bottom property which depends on the values defined for the text orientation, direction, and writing mode. This property takes up the same values as the left property.

Syntax

inset-block-start: length|percentage|auto|inherit|initial|unset;

Example: CSS inset-block-start Property

Here in the example, we are using the inset-block-start property to position our text according to the margin values of this property specified by us. In this case, we have given the values as 30 px. Our text gets oriented from at 30pc from the top and we have given the position as relative so it remains fixed at one place.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
	<title>The inset-block-start property in CSS</title>
	<style type="text/css">
		div {
	  background-color: deeppink;
	  width: 120px;
	  height: 120px;
	}
	.exampleText {
	  writing-mode: vertical-lr;
	  position: relative;
	  inset-block-start: 30px;
	  background-color: #cff8cf;
	}
	</style>
</head>
<body>
	<div>
		<p class="exampleText">Study Tonight</p>
	</div>
</body>
</html>

Output

Example 2: CSS inset-block-start Property

Here in this second example below, we have given the inset-block-start property value as auto. So, our text gets oriented at the starting position of the container block. Since we have given the auto value, hence the text gets oriented according to the default value of this property.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
	<title>The inset-block-start property in CSS</title>
	<style type="text/css">
		div {
	  background-color: rebeccapurple;
	  width: 120px;
	  height: 120px;
	}	
	.exampleText {
	  writing-mode: horizontal-tb;
	  position: relative;
	  inset-block-start: auto;
	  background-color: #cff8cf;
	}
	</style>
</head>
<body>
	<div>
		<p class="exampleText">Study Tonight</p>
	</div>
</body>
</html>

Output

Live Example

Here in this live example, you can easily test the live coding and execute the example using different values or edit the coding and create your own example.

Browser Compatibility

The term browser compatibility indicates the ability of a particular website to appear fully functional on several browsers, available in the market. This means that the HTML coding of the website and the scripts on that website must be compatible to run on the browsers. It is of immense importance today when there is a large variety of web browsers available.

Name of Browser Background size contain and cover
Chrome 87 87
Edge 79 79
Firefox 63 63
Internet Explorer no no
Opera 73 73
Safari no no
Webview Android 87 87
Chrome Android 87 87
Firefox Android 63 63
Opera Android 48 48
IOS Safari no no
Samsung Internet no no

Conclusion

This property is applicable to the positioned elements. It is not an inherited property. The percentage value refers to the logical height of the containing block. The computed value for this property is the same as box offsets except for the directions.