How to format HTML/CSS to align with single word in sentence?

Tags: html,css

Problem :

I'm not sure how to refer to what I need to do. So here is an example of the formatting.

Where ABC is the Actual Before Calculation
        A is the total population of the US
      XYB is the percentage that own their own homes
      XYC is the percentage in a rural area

Notice how all the sentences are aligned with the word is. It's kind of a smart indenting, for lack of a better term. You have the right term, then please enlighten me.

I've not found an HTML/CSS page that does this, but I have seen it in print. Or would PHP be needed to do this? Thanks!

Solution :

You can use a Definition List for this:


    <dt>Where ABC is</dt>
    <dd>the Actual Before Calculation</dd>
    <dt>A is</dt>
    <dd>the total population of the US</dd>
    <dt>XYB is</dt>
    <dd>the percentage that own their own homes</dd>
    <dt>XYC is</dt>
    <dd>the percentage in a rural area</dd>


dl {
    border: 3px double #ccc;
    padding: 0.5em;
dt {
    float: left;
    clear: left;
    width: 140px;
    text-align: right;
    font-weight: bold;
    color: green;
dd {
    margin: 0 0 0 145px;
    padding: 0 0 0.5em 0;
    min-height: 1em;


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