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How TO - Chat


Learn how to create a chat message with CSS.


Chat Messages

Avatar

Hello. How are you today?

11:00
Avatar

Hey! I'm fine. Thanks for asking!

11:01
Avatar

Sweet! So, what do you wanna do today?

11:02
Avatar

Nah, I dunno. Play soccer.. or learn more coding perhaps?

11:05

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How To Create Chat Messages

Step 1) Add HTML:

Example

<div class="container">
  <img src="/w3images/bandmember.jpg" alt="Avatar">
  <p>Hello. How are you today?</p>
  <span class="time-right">11:00</span>
</div>

<div class="container darker">
  <img src="/w3images/avatar_g2.jpg" alt="Avatar" class="right">
  <p>Hey! I'm fine. Thanks for asking!</p>
  <span class="time-left">11:01</span>
</div>

<div class="container">
  <img src="/w3images/bandmember.jpg" alt="Avatar">
  <p>Sweet! So, what do you wanna do today?</p>
  <span class="time-right">11:02</span>
</div>

<div class="container darker">
  <img src="/w3images/avatar_g2.jpg" alt="Avatar" class="right">
  <p>Nah, I dunno. Play soccer.. or learn more coding perhaps?</p>
  <span class="time-left">11:05</span>
</div>

Step 2) Add CSS:

Example

/* Chat containers */
.container {
    border: 2px solid #dedede;
    background-color: #f1f1f1;
    border-radius: 5px;
    padding: 10px;
    margin: 10px 0;
}

/* Darker chat container */
.darker {
    border-color: #ccc;
    background-color: #ddd;
}

/* Clear floats */
.container::after {
    content: "";
    clear: both;
    display: table;
}

/* Style images */
.container img {
    float: left;
    max-width: 60px;
    width: 100%;
    margin-right: 20px;
    border-radius: 50%;
}

/* Style the right image */
.container img.right {
    float: right;
    margin-left: 20px;
    margin-right:0;
}

/* Style time text */
.time-right {
    float: right;
    color: #aaa;
}

/* Style time text */
.time-left {
    float: left;
    color: #999;
}
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