Pseudo after align right


I’m trying to use the CSS3 pseudo :after on li elements. The issue is that the content of :after is immediately following the li content – as if :after uses text-align:left; But since my li elements use display:block; shouldn’t using text-align:right; on :after move the :after content all the way to the right? It doesn’t anyway.

.container ul li    {
    display: block;
    border-bottom: 1px solid rgb(60,60,60);
    border-top: 1px solid rgb(255,255,255);
    padding: 5px 5px 5px 30px;
    font-size: 12px;

.container ul li:after {
    content: ">";
    text-align: right;

This is a screen shot of the issue:

:after not doing what I want

I want the > to be all the way at the right, and since the content of the li changes, I can’t set a width on the :after content.

How would I get the :after content to align to the right, if not with text-align?


Try float :

.container ul li:after {
    content: ">";
    text-align: right;


Answered By – Sowmya

Answer Checked By – David Goodson (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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