Html – How to make a TextArea 100% width without overflowing when padding is present in CSS


I have the following CSS and HTML snippet being rendered.

  border:1px solid #999999;
  margin:5px 0;
<div style="display: block;" id="rulesformitem" class="formitem">
  <label for="rules" id="ruleslabel">Rules:</label>
  <textarea cols="2" rows="10" id="rules"/>

Is the problem is that the text area ends up being 8px wider (2px for border + 6px for padding) than the parent. Is there a way to continue to use border and padding but constrain the total size of the textarea to the width of the parent?

Best Answer

Why not forget the hacks and just do it with CSS?

One I use frequently:

.boxsizingBorder {
    -webkit-box-sizing: border-box;
       -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
            box-sizing: border-box;

See browser support here.