3 Layers of an Active Element

Imagine this ombre cake:

Ombre Cake
Photo by sackerman519 on Flickr.

It looks yummy and it has layers.

It is similar with active elements – they must have three levels for the purpose of CSS.

The first level is the textual element itself. The second level holds the function of the active element (e.g., <a> or <button>). The third level is for positioning. Initially, it appears that the default way to put it is this way:


And since this is for the purpose of CSS, we must implement Framing for the textual element and for positioning. These frames will act as hooks for CSS. Look at this example:


<div> <!– Frame for positioning –>
<span> <!– Frame for textual element –>


Here’s a demo to show a floated button:

Oh and by the way, here’s an ombre potato:

Ombre Potato
Source: Ombre Potato and Cheese Torte on Green Gourmet Giraffe


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