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Simulating table-like layout using divs

Posted on 2008-10-11
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I have the following user control markup, that I want to display like the layout in the attached file, however I have serious issues with aligning the divs. I'd appreciate your help.

<div id="divSection" class="ifs-section">
    <div id="divSectionSeparator" class="ifs-sectionTopSeparator">
    </div>
    <div id="divSectionBody" class="ifs-sectionBody">
        <div id="divSectionHint" class="ifs-sectionHint">
            <div id="divSectionTitle" class="ifs-sectionTitle">
                <asp:PlaceHolder ID="PlaceHolderTitle" runat="server">
                    <asp:Literal ID="LiteralTitle" runat="server" />
                </asp:PlaceHolder>
            </div>
            <div id="divSectionDescription" class="ifs-sectionDescription">
                <asp:PlaceHolder ID="PlaceHolderDescription" runat="server">
                    <asp:Literal ID="LiteralDescription" runat="server" />
                </asp:PlaceHolder>
            </div>
        </div>
    </div>
    <div id="divSectionControl" class="ifs-sectionControls">
        <asp:PlaceHolder ID="PlaceHolderControls" runat="server">
        </asp:PlaceHolder>
    </div>
</div>
 
.ifs-section
{
    width:auto;
}
 
.ifs-sectionTopSeparator
{
    background-color:#008080;
    height: 1px;
}
 
.ifs-sectionBody
{
    width: inherit;
}
 
.ifs-sectionHint
{
    width: 40%;
    padding: 2px 2px 2px 2px;
}
 
.ifs-sectionTitle
{
    vertical-align: top;
    color: Black;
    font-family: arial;
    font-size: 12pt;
    font-weight: bold;
    text-align: left;
    border-bottom: 10px;
}
 
.ifs-sectionDescription
{
    vertical-align: bottom;
    color: Black;
    font-family: verdana;
    font-size:8pt;
    text-align: left;
    border-bottom: 10px;
}
 
.ifs-sectionControls
{
    background-color: #B0E0E6;
    padding: 2px 2px 2px 2px;
    min-width: 300px;
    min-height: 100px;
}

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Question by:iulianchira
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If just baffles me why people with working table layouts feel compelled to put themselves through the hassle of trying to emulate the same functionality in DIVs.  What does it prove?   I can get a table layout to render perfectly X browser in a matter of an hour, but I see people coming to EE asking for help, and they have spent months trying to get a DIV layout to emulate the table layout they had that worked perfectly.  Do it if you have the inclination.  But expect a lot of problems getting everything to work X browser perfectly.

Feel free to ignore my comment since it is not helping you with the challenge you have taken on.
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by:iulianchira
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That's exactly what I ended up doing. I've kept only the inner divs (to be able to set min-width for cell) and replaced the rest with table elements. I did manage to arrange the divs as I wanted (IE7/8, Firefox), but couldn't get the structure to render properly in IE6.
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by:scrathcyboy
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"couldn't get the structure to render properly in IE6"

That is very typical.  It is a real battle to get a sophisticated layout like yours appears to be, given the older browsers like IE6 still around, and the NEW CSS specs not being instituted by all browsers yet.  I would guess it will take another 1-2 years before layout with DIVs and spans is a snap, I think it will need CSS4, because even the version 3 specs don't make it easy.  Sure it can be done, it is just not as easy as tables yet -- and hopefully will be, but who knows.

 I think when IE6 is dead, and IE8 or 9 is out, then you will be looking at the right time to revisit your design, and whip it off with shadows, fades, rounded edge effects, and all kinds of sophisticated jazz that is not really possible today --  90 degree rotated text being a great example.
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