How might I do this?

I do some pretty minimal web design, but I do have to maintain some of our company’s web pages that are running wordpress. Don’t judge.I was asked to do something like the following screenshot, have a hanging quote, and at first I thought “no problem”. Normally I would hobble my way through it and poke around to various web sites trying to get some combo of HTML and CSS to pull it off, but I realized getting the GDF hivemind involved would be better.


Best case scenario is to CSS the box so that I can reuse as needed.

A whole lot depends on how you’re handling the parent containers since the hanging container needs to interact with its parents, but here’s a possibility I quickly wrote out. There are other ways to do it that are likely better.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
	<meta charset="utf-8" />
		.container {
			text-align: center;
			max-width: 600px;
			padding-left: 40px;
		.centered-container {
			max-width: 600px;
			text-align: left;
			display: inline-block;
		.hang {
			margin: 0.5em 1em 0.5em -40px;
			width: 300px;
			border-top: solid 1px #000;
			border-bottom: solid 1px #000;
			padding: 1em;
			float: left;

<div class="container">
	<div class="centered-container">

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I was wondering if I could do something with negative numbers to hang it “out to the side”. My only concern is on mobile I need it to be more “inline” with the copy. I suppose I could do that with a media query, correct? Thanks @Just-B

Yes, you could swap out the css for the narrower widths. Again, though, lots depends on the parent containers.

Yes, you can have it hang outside the margin by using a negative left margin. You will need to write a media query for smaller screens so it hangs off a bit less.

But you would want to use a relative measurement such as width: 50% if you want the quote to occupy half the width of the body copy space.

Thanks @creativeboost , I’m planning on just having the text and callout quote just all go one column, no hang on mobile. But I appreciate the help from you both. Thanks! I know enough HTML and CSS to be dangerous (i.e. someone would probably look at code that I cobble together and twitch, or scream, or laugh. Maybe all 3.)

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