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CSS “or” style dividers with a single DOM element

Interfaces often ask folks to choose between a set of actions. Fill out this field or that field. Press this button or that button. A common way to visually represent these "or" choices is to separate the choices visually with a line. A line by itself usually is not enough to imply the "or" choice, though. Accompanying text can help, too.

I wanted to create a component that could provide this solution as a single DOM element with nested text, and support both vertical and horizontal orientations. Something along these lines:


A bit of toying around in Codepen, and I landed on something useful and flexible. The vertical version uses some absolute positioning hacks, and the horizontal version uses some negative margin hacks.