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div background color with only floating elements

I have a div which I want to contain a link navigation bar on the left and a date on the right.  A standard div will resize with the browser width which is exactly what I want.  So I created floated list items for the links on the left and a float:right element for the date.  This works.

The problem is that the bar's background color does not show up and this produces a big 'hole' in the middle of the bar where the page background color shows through.  This is related to the fact that there is no non-floated element in the div.  If I put in an   I get a background which is only partially the height of the floated elements.

I'm looking for a CSS (IE + Gecko) way to naturally (without javascript) give the div a height that matches the floated elements so that the div background color will show through and complete the empty space of the bar.

Below is my sample test code:

div#linkbar {
    background-color: #2B6799;
div#linkbar ul {
    background-color: #ffffff;
    margin: 0px;
    padding: 0px;
div#linkbar li {
    background-color: #2B6799;
    color: #ffffff;
    list-style: none;
    padding: 5px 20px 5px 20px;
    margin: 0px 1px 0px 0px;
    float: left;
div#linkbar li.right {
    float: right;

<div id="linkbar">
    <li>Menu Item 1</li>
    <li>Menu Item 2</li>
    <li>Menu Item 3</li>
    <li class="right">Date</li>

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You could try to put in float:left on your div

div#linkbar {
    background-color: #2B6799;

if it fit into your design.
phasevarAuthor Commented:
Worked like a charm!  Thank you!
Glad I could help!


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