How To Make An Elegant Two Color Top Border With CSS

I’ve been working on what seems to be a very simple task: make an elegant two-color border similar to the one pictured above. As the page expands, it should expand to black on the right and purple on the left while staying centered.

It seems like I’ve tried everything from using the border-top CSS property to setting a background-image in the body, but nothing worked. I finally found this great article on CSS Tricks that finally helped me figure it out. The key was absolute positioning, setting the width to 50%, and setting the left or right to 0px.

My code is below, but make sure to look at the DEMO (don’t forget to resize the DEMO window for the cool part!).


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang='en' xmlns="">
        <title>Two Color Border</title>
        <div id="border">
            <div id="purple"></div>
            <div id="black"></div>


#border {
    margin-top: 0px;

#purple {
    background-color: #802961;
    display: inline-table;
    height: 10px;
    width: 51%;
    left: 0px;
    background-repeat: repeat-x;
    position: absolute;

#black {
    background-color: #1A0512;
    display: inline-table;
    width: 50%;
    right: 0px;
    height: 10px;
    background-repeat: repeat-x;
    position: absolute;

Do you know of a better way of making this? If so, please let me know in the comments!

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