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#1 pingu09   User is offline

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Expandable div on :hover event

Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:08 AM

hi Ive got a situation here...

Ive got CSS which makes my div x pt tall. But i need this div to enlarge on hover. Hover height should depends on content of div which is usually some <p> or images. + This :hover height should count with 20px padding...

not sure if it matters but whole :hover effect is styled as transition css option so its animated. (or sould be :D )

im pretty sure its done by display inline block or something like that, but I thing that i tried almost everything i know.

*sry for my english, not my mother language.

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Re: Expandable div on :hover event

Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

If you knew the specific height beforehand this would be pretty straight-forward:

<!DOCTYPE html>
div {
    width: 100px;
    background: red;
    transition: height 2s;
    -webkit-transition: height 2s; /* Safari */

div:hover {
    height: 120px;
<p><b>Note:</b> This example does not work in Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions.</p>


<p>Hover over the div element above, to see the transition effect.</p>

If you try to modify the hover effect to use height: 120%; it doesn't work, even if you set the original height to 100%.

  • You could use jQuery, which would allow you to determine the element's total, rendered, height after the page has loaded.
  • You might consider an alternative effect, perhaps increasing the font-size.
  • You might put this div in another, larger, div of fixed height, and then I believe the percentage height would work in the hover-effect.

I may be wrong of course, but I don't believe this is possible with css alone.

css variables would help to solve this problem I believe but, unfortunately, they are not currently workable/supported. A css extension language such as Sass is an alternative approach, but I haven't used these myself.

This post has been edited by andrewsw: 19 October 2013 - 10:43 AM

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