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Why containing div doesn't stretch?

Posted on 2007-11-18
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I have a page with a container div that holds a content div. What I don't understand is why doesn't the container div stretch and show the background color to the bottom of the content div? It stops half way down the page? Scaled down code sample provided? I want the container to stretch dynamically depending on the height of the content div. Why isn't it doing that?
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<style>
	*{margin:0; padding:0}
	body{
	 	font-family: Verdana, Ariel, Sans-Serif;
	 	font-size: 12px;
	 	color: #5A5A5A;
	 	margin: 0;
     	padding: 0;
     	text-align:center;
	 	background: #8E8E8E;
 	}
	
	div#container {
		position:relative;
		width: 766px;
	 	background: #7f0b29;
	   	padding: 0px;
	 	margin-right: auto;
	 	margin-left: auto;
	 	margin-top: 0px;
	 	margin-bottom: 0px;
		text-align:left;
	 }
	 
	 		
	div#content {
		position:relative;
		top:232;
		left:30;
     	width: 500px;
	 	height:500px;
	 	background: #162732;
	 
	}
</style>
<body>
<div id="container">
	<div id="content">
		TESTING HERE<br><br><br>TESTING HERE<br><br><br>TESTING HERE<br><br><br>TESTING HERE
	</div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

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ToastedWeb earned 250 total points
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try not to position elements with position relative.... it is a bad practice ...

btw. <style></style> should be inside <head> tags, but the best way is to include it into html file...

take a look at my example:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<style>
 
* { margin:0; padding:0; }
	
#container1 {
margin:0 auto;
padding:0;
width:800px;
background:red;
border:solid 1px white;
}
 
#container2 {
margin:200px 0 0 20px;
background:black;
width:300px;
height:700px;
}
	
</style>
</head>
 
<body>
<div id="container1">
	<div id="container2">
		<p>Your test content here :)</p>
	</div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

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by:Mr_Splash
Mr_Splash earned 250 total points
ID: 20309949
ToastedWeb is correct, relative positioning should not be used as the default way of positioning. Personally I would only use it to tweak an elements position when adding seperate browser dependent stylesheets.

Below is the code you gave with some changes.

Also some other CSS pointers are that
1) When setting a value as 0, you can drop the 'px'.
2) try to avoid * { margin:0; padding:0; } as it messes around with things you may want padding and margin on, such as lists.
3) Add <!-- and --> inside your style tags as shown below, this stops older browsers that can't read CSS showing all the code on the page. Not very common now a days, but it's good practive

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<title>Test Page</title>
<style type="text/css" media="all">
<!--
body, html {
  font-family: Verdana, Ariel, Sans-Serif;
  font-size: 12px;
  color: #5A5A5A;
  margin: 0; padding: 0;
  text-align: center;
  background: #8E8E8E;
 }
        
#container {
  width: 766px;
  background: #7f0b29;
  padding: 0; margin: 0 auto;
  text-align: left;
}
         
#content {
  margin: 232px 0 0 30px;
  width: 500px; height:500px;
  background: #162732;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
 
<div id="container">
  <div id="content">
    TESTING HERE<br><br><br>TESTING HERE<br><br><br>TESTING HERE<br><br><br>TESTING HERE
  </div>
</div>
 
</body>
</html>

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