The <percentage> CSS data types represent a percentage value. Many CSS properties can take percentage values, often to define sizes in terms of parent objects. Percentages are formed by a <number> immediately followed by the percentage sign %. Like for all unit in CSS, there is no space between the '%' and the number.

Many length properties use percentages, such as width , margin and padding . Percentages can also be seen in font-size , where the size of the text is directly related to the size of its parent.

Note: only calculated values are inherited. So, even if a percentage value is used on the parent property, a real value, like a width in pixel for a <length> value, will be accessible on the inherited property, not the percentage value.


Values of the <percentage> CSS data type can be interpolated in order to allow animations. In that case they are interpolated as real, floating-point, numbers. [1] The speed of the interpolation is determined by the timing function associated with the animation.


<div style="background-color:#0000FF;">
  <div style="width:50%;margin-left:20%;background-color:#00FF00;">Width: 50%, Left margin: 20%</div>
  <div style="width:30%;margin-left:60%;background-color:#FF0000;">Width: 30%, Left margin: 60%</div>

The above HTML will output:

Width: 50%, Left margin: 20%
Width: 30%, Left margin: 60%


<div style="font-size:18px;">
  Full size text (18px)
  <span style="font-size:50%;">50%</span>
  <span style="font-size:200%;">200%</span>

The above HTML will output:

Full size text (18px) 50% 200%


Specification Status Comment
CSS Values and Units Level 3 Working Draft No significant change from CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation No change from CSS Level 1
CSS Level 1 Recommendation  

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basic 1.0 1.0 (1.0) <=5.0 yes 1.0 (85)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support yes yes yes yes yes

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