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Posted on 2008-06-17
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I'm trying to make a 3 column layout with CSS however, I want the left and right columns to remain fixed while the center takes up the rest of the space. However, when I made the left and right fixed, the center pushes down below them like it doesn't fit.
<html>
<head>
<title>Vimark Solutions</title>
<style type="text/css">
<!--
body {
  margin: 0px;
  padding: 0px;
}
#header {
  background: #0f0;
  width: 100%;
}
#leftcol {
  background: #f00;
  float: left;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
}
#rightcol {
  background: #f00;
  float: right;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
}
#content {
  background: #fff;
  float: left;
  width: 100%;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
}
#footer {
  background: #0f0;
  clear: both;
  width: 100%;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="header">Header Section</div>
<div id="leftcol">Left Section</div>
<div id="rightcol">Right Section</div>
<div id="content">Content Section</div>
<div id="footer">Footer Section</div>
 
</body>
</html>

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Question by:MeridianManagement
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by:rbudj
ID: 21803680
take the float:left out of the content css
<html>
<head>
<title>Vimark Solutions</title>
<style type="text/css">
<!--
body {
  margin: 0px;
  padding: 0px;
}
#header {
  background: #0f0;
  width: 100%;
}
#leftcol {
  background: #f00;
  float: left;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
}
#rightcol {
  background: #f00;
  float: right;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
}
#content {
  background: #fff;
 
  width: 100%;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
}
#footer {
  background: #0f0;
  clear: both;
  width: 100%;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="header">Header Section</div>
<div id="leftcol">Left Section</div>
<div id="rightcol">Right Section</div>
<div id="content">Content Section</div>
<div id="footer">Footer Section</div>
 
</body>
</html>

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Expert Comment

by:Mark Steggles
ID: 21803805
Greetings,

try this

#content {
  background: #fff;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  height: 500px;
  margin:0px 204px;
}
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by:MeridianManagement
ID: 21805855
Actually, my apologies, Steggs was more correct. For anyone else having this problem make sure you check that your width is empty.
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by:Mark Steggles
ID: 21806754
:D
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by:Mark Steggles
ID: 21806912
Im not being petty but some people might not check the other posts here... they will look straight at the accepted solution... I think you should get the answer reassigned ... give rbudj an assist
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by:MeridianManagement
ID: 21816000
Steggs, how do I reassign?
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by:Mark Steggles
ID: 21816292
there should be a 'request attention' link at the top of this thread in your question... then just say what you want to do and they will deal with it

Cheers mate
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by:MeridianManagement
ID: 21816812
Steggs, I have one more question related to this since the question is now re-opened. The change you recommended works great, but in Internet Explorer there is a little space between the left, center, and right columns, but everything else touches perfectly. Any ideas?
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by:Mark Steggles
ID: 21816911
ok cool

ie6 or 7?

did u change anything else?

can u post all the html and css
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by:MeridianManagement
ID: 21816931
Remember, firefox is reading this fine, but internet explorer is adding spaces.
<html>
<head>
<title>Vimark Solutions</title>
<style type="text/css">
<!--
body {
  margin: 0px;
  padding: 10px;
  font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}
#header {
  background: #fff;
  padding: 10px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
}
#navigation {
  background: #fff;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#leftcol {
  background: #fff;
  float: left;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#rightcol {
  background: #fff;
  float: right;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#content {
  background: #fff;
  float: none;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#footer {
  background: #fff;
  padding: 10px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="header">Header Section</div>
<div id="navigation">Navigation - <a href="property_form.php">Property Form</a> - <a href="investor_form.php">Investor Form</a> </div>
<div id="leftcol">Left Section</div>
<div id="rightcol">Right Section</div>
<div id="content">Content Section</div>
<div id="footer">Footer Section</div>
</body>
</html>

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Mark Steggles earned 2000 total points
ID: 21816969
you need a doctype at the top of the page... this is vitally important... you should read up about doctypes
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<title>Vimark Solutions</title>
<style type="text/css">
<!--
body {
  margin: 0px;
  padding: 10px;
  font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}
#header {
  background: #fff;
  padding: 10px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
}
#navigation {
  background: #fff;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#leftcol {
  background: #fff;
  float: left;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#rightcol {
  background: #fff;
  float: right;
  width: 200px;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#content {
  background: #fff;
  float: none;
  height: 500px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
  padding: 10px;
}
#footer {
  background: #fff;
  padding: 10px;
  border: 1px solid #000;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="header">Header Section</div>
<div id="navigation">Navigation - <a href="property_form.php">Property Form</a> - <a href="investor_form.php">Investor Form</a> </div>
<div id="leftcol">Left Section</div>
<div id="rightcol">Right Section</div>
<div id="content">Content Section</div>
<div id="footer">Footer Section</div>
</body>
</html>

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by:MeridianManagement
ID: 31467961
You deserve 1000 points but I can only give you 500
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