Clearing CSS Floats Without Markup

This has done the rounds loads of times before – but clearing css floats is something I need to do all the time, and since I have to look up the code on every project I thought I would add it here so that I have a reminder.

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This method uses css pseudo elements to do the clearing without adding random elements that contain ‘clear:both;’ which in turn means that the html is kept nice and clean and the css doesn’t interfere with anything else.

.clear:after{content:" ";display:block;visibility:hidden;clear:both;}
.clear:before{content:" ";display:block;visibility:hidden;}

Since I also use it with LESS here’s how I do that:

.clear {

	&:after {
		content:" ";
	&:before {
		content:" ";

To use this just add the clear class to the element you want to clear.

<div class="clear">
<div class="float">Floaty thing here</div>
<div class="float">Floaty thing here</div>

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