Webflow Layout Techniques

Aspect Ratio

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Once in awhile I come across a need to control an element's aspect ratio, while giving it the freedom to scale with the layout.

Recently I needed this for an circular icon container, constructed like this;

<div><svg>...</svg></div>

The circle containing the icon needed to scale as a % of its parent, but how to keep the height of that container fixed 1:1 with the width, so that it would remain a perfect circle?

CSS to the Rescue

There are probably several ways to do this in Webflow, and I need to look into them, but I immediately wondered whether CSS has a built-in way to specify aspect-ratio.

And in fact, there is. It's called aspect-ratio.

.element {  aspect-ratio: 1 / 1; /* a perfect square */ }

The general format is;

aspect-ratio: auto || <ratio>;

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The DIV padding Approach

Another approach commonly seen in responsive sites that use video embeds, is to use nested DIVs with a particular CSS trick for padding.

It looks like this;


<style>
.demoWrapper {
  padding: 10px;
  background: white;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  resize: horizontal;
  border: 1px dashed;
  overflow: auto;
  max-width: 100%;
  height: calc(100vh - 16px);
}

div {
  width: 100%;
  padding-bottom: 75%;
  background: gold; /** <-- For the demo **/
}
</style>

<div class="demoWrapper">
  <div>
</div>

There is a nice write-up on SO here;

Maintain the aspect ratio of a div with CSS

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