How do I vertically align text inside an anchor element, which is nested within an unordered list

Tags: css,css3,html-lists,anchor,vertical-alignment

Problem :

I have searched extensively and seen numerous examples on how to vertical-align text using the vertical-align property and the line-height property. However, all my efforts seem to bear no fruit as I am unable to get my text to align vertically. How do I do vertically align text to be centered? The height properties are not fixed so I can't use line-height.


        <li><a href="html/login.html">Login</a></li>
        <li><a href="html/user_registration.html">Register</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Programmes Offered</a></li>


    height: 30%;
    width: 100%;

nav ul
    height: 100%;
    margin: 0px;

nav ul li
    height: 33%;
    width: 100%;
    vertical-align: middle;

Solution :

you may use a pseudo element displayed as an inline-box using full height of li and vertical-aligned to midlle. DEMO

body, html {
    height:100%;/ needed for demo */
nav {
    height: 50%;/* increased for demo */
    width: 100%;
nav ul {
    height: 100%;
    margin: 0px;
nav ul li {
    height: 33%;
    box-shadow:inset 0 0 0 1px;/* show me li , for demo */
nav ul li:before {
    vertical-align: middle;

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