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I having trouble with my CSS.

WHat im trying to do is create a 3 column div layout where the center div uses a width of 100%

The problem im having is that the 3rd column gets pushed to the next line when using a width of 100%
<!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" xml:lang="en">
<head>
   <title>Untitled XHTML Document</title>
<style>
body,html {
   height: 100%;
   padding: 0;
   margin: 0;
   border: 0;
   }
#frame {
   background-color: #000000;
   width: 100%;
   height: 100%;
   }
#col1 {
   background-color: #ff0000;
   width: 200px;
   height: 100%;
   float: left;
   }
#col2 {
   background-color: #0000ff;
   width: 100%;
   height: 100%;
   float: left;
   }
#col3 {
   background-color: #c0c0c0;
   width: 200px;
   height: 100%;
   float: left;
   }
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="frame">
 <div id="col1">test</div>
 <div id="col2">test1</div>
 <div id="col3">test2</div>
 <br clear="all" />
</div>
 
</body>
</html>

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Question by:Griffin80
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by:darron_chapman
ID: 20371326
You need to use wrappers to gain the effect you are trying to achieve.  Perhaps this site can help: http://www.manisheriar.com/holygrail/index.htm.
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by:Albert Van Halen
ID: 20377457
Maybe this is what you want
<!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" xml:lang="en">
<head>
   <title>Untitled XHTML Document</title>
<style>
body,html {
   height: 100%;
   padding: 0;
   margin: 0;
   border: 0;
   }
#col1 {
   background-color: #ff0000;
   width: 200px;
   height: 100%;
   position: absolute;
}
#col2 {
   background-color: #0000ff;
   position: absolute;
   height: 100%;
   left: 200px;
   right: 200px;
   }
#col3 {
   background-color: #c0c0c0;
   width: 200px;
   height: 100%;
   position:absolute;
   right: 0px;
   }
</style>
</head>
<body>
 <div id="col1">test</div>
 <div id="col2">test1</div>
 <div id="col3">test2</div>
</body>
</html>

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anandhariharan earned 2000 total points
ID: 20491103
Here you go! Hope this solves your problem
<html>
<head>
<style type="text/css">
body{ margin:0px; }
.col1{ width:200px; height:500px; background-color:blue; color:#FFF; float:left; }
.col2{ width:100%; height:500px; background-color:green; color:#FFF; }
.col3{ width:200px; height:500px; background-color:red; color:#FFF; float:right; position:absolute; right:0px; }
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div class="col3">This is a test col 3</div>
<div class="col2">
  <div class="col1">This is a test col 1</div>
  This is a test col 2
</div>
</body>
</html>

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by:Griffin80
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Thanks mate
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anytime
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