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Hi
Im may be missing something really simple but can someone tell me whether you can make a div stick to the bottom of its parent div.

In the below example im building a rounded box with a min-height of 300px, the outer div has the min height applied to it and i need the div for the top section at the top(which is fine) and the div for the bottom section to stick to the bottom of the box.

I usually leave the height out of the css so the box just streches depending on content, but i need to apply a min-height

Any ideas???

/////////// HTML

<div id="factsheet">
<div id="factsheet_top"></div>

<div id="factsheet_bot"></div>
</div>


/////CSS

div#factsheet {
      margin:0;
      width:360px;
      float:left;
      background:url(../images/business/orange/box_middle.gif) repeat-y;
      height:300px;

}

div#factsheet_top{
      background:url(../images/business/orange/box_top.gif) no-repeat;
      width:360px;
      height:6px;
}

div#factsheet_bot{
      background:url(../images/business/orange/box_bottom.gif) no-repeat;
      width:360px;
      height:6px;
      clear:both;
}
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Steggs earned 2000 total points
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Hello,

To make an element always be at the bottom of the parent, you need to use positioning. The parent has to have position:relative;, otherwise the child will position itself relative to closest parent with a position or the browser window.

<div style="position:relative;height:200px;background-color:#369;">
I am the parent

<div style="position:absolute;bottom:0;height:50px;background-color:#f00;">
This div will always be at the bottom of its parent.
</div>


</div>

Regards
Steggs
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by:socross
ID: 18795194
works great

although when i place an image (which is the same width as the parent div), it pushes the bottom div out of alignment,

<div id="bus_serv">
<div id="bus_serv_top"></div>
<img src="images/business/orange/services_title.gif" />
<div id="bus_serv_bot"></div>
</div>

ANy ideas why??

-s-
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by:Steggs
ID: 18795235
Try adding enough padding-bottom for the absolutely positioned div to the parent:

<div style="position:relative;height:200px;background-color:#369;padding-bottom:50px;">
I am the parent

<div style="position:absolute;bottom:0;height:50px;background-color:#f00;">
This div will always be at the bottom of its parent.
</div>


</div>
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by:socross
ID: 18795289
still no good??

-s-
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by:Steggs
ID: 18795302
Is this stuff on the web? can you put it on the web?

Or post all the code here, including the css

Cheers
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by:socross
ID: 18795371
i dont have a copy online yet, here is the css/html, if thats no good i will post a copy online.

-s-

///////////////////CSS

div#bus_serv  {
      margin:0;
      position:relative;
      background:url(../images/business/orange/box_middle.gif) repeat-y;
      width:360px;
      height:150px;
      float:left;
      padding-bottom:6px;
}
div#bus_serv_top{
      background:url(../images/business/orange/box_top.gif) no-repeat;
      width:360px;
      height:6px;
}

div#bus_serv_bot{
      background:url(../images/business/orange/box_bottom.gif) no-repeat;
      width:360px;
      height:6px;
      position:absolute;
      bottom:0;
}

/////////////////HTML

<div id="bus_serv">
<div id="bus_serv_top"></div>
<img src="images/business/orange/services_title.gif" />
<div id="bus_serv_bot"></div>
</div>
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by:Steggs
ID: 18795676
y0 dude,

If you could get it online that would be better.

Cheers
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by:socross
ID: 18795965
hi ive got to call it a day now, i will be able to post a copy in the morning and work on it tommorrow.

Thanks for your help so far.

Sam
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