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Hi,

I have asked some questions about borders in the past and this is my latest one. I wanted to add some text to the stripe of my pages and everything moved to the right. Although I have solved the problem, I like to know why this happens (and why my solution works).

Please view my site and see what I mean.
The URL: http://members.xoom/wimkerk/border.html

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jbirkCommented:
Well, I looked at your pages, and here are the problems:
1. The first page where you have no text in the left td, the width of that cell is being displayed as less than 140 because there isn't enough text to force it to the correct width.  You just got lucky that it ended up displayed the way you wanted it to.
2. The second page is actually displaying 140 width td cell, that is why it doesn't fit into a 131 pixel green bar.
3. The 10 pixels of the cellspacing and the 1 pixel of the table border have not been accounted for.
4. The margin width of the window also has not been accounted for.
5.  The actual width of the green bar is 129 with a 2 pixel darker green after it.  This 2 pixel darker green doesn't look as good when it's INSIDE the td, but rather when it's part of the border, so 129 should be the number to go by.
6. You forgot to say cellspacing=0 in the table, which is defaulted to 1

SO, if we take the 129, subtract 10 for cellspacing, 2 for border (border on both sides), 7 for window margin (that's what it seems to be in Netscape 4.05, but is different from browser to browser), we get: 109, which is the correct size of the td cell for the left.

That's why it is doing what's it's doing.
Hope this helps,
Josh
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wimkerkAuthor Commented:
Thanks jbirk. It is really clear where I went wrong. A well deserved "A".

Thanks again!
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