How do I control the wrapping of these
  • items?

  • Tags: html,css

    Problem :

    As you can see in the jsfiddle, the layout looks ok when there are no lines wrapping. However, if the window gets smaller, and the <li> items start wrapping, they wrap underneath the <dt> content (which are the words one, two and three).

    What I'm trying to do is have the <li> wrap when necessary, but I want it to start the new line underneath itself, and not completely to the left. So basically, I'm trying to get all lines to wrap like the second list-item does in the first <dd> tag.

    How do I do that in CSS?


              <li>This is a relatively short sentence, not really long.</li>
              <li>This is a relatively short sentence, not really long.</li>
          <dt>Two</dt><dd>This is a relatively short sentence, not really long.</dd>
          <dt>Three</dt><dd>This is a relatively short sentence, not really long.</dd>


    * {
        margin: 0;
        padding: 0;
        box-sizing: border-box;
        -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
        -webkit-box-sizing: border-box;
    dl {
        margin: 0 auto 5rem;
        max-width: 675px;
        font-size: 1.25rem; /* 16 x 1.25 = 20px */
        line-height: 1.6;
    dt {
        font-style: italic;
        float: left;
        width: 7rem;
    li {
        list-style-type: none;
        margin-left: 7rem;
    li:first-of-type {
        margin-left: 0;

    Solution :

    Add overflow:hidden for your dd elements (that keeps them from flowing underneath the floated dt), and remove the margin for li:first-child:

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