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Having trouble lining up columns.  I'm using CSS not tables.

Posted on 2009-04-07
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Using the CSS and HTML code shown below I am trying to display two rows with for left-justified columns.  However its not working for me.  The display looks like this:

Item One          Item Two          Item Three       Item Four
Item Five            Item Six            Item Seven        Item Eight

Does anyone have words of wisdom that might help me fix this problem?

Thanks.
<style>
span.col2 {
	margin-left: 20em;
}
 
span.col3 {
	margin-left: 30em;
}
 
span.col4 {
	margin-left: 50em;
}
 
 
div.row {
font-weight: bold;
width: 60%;
float: left;
padding-top: 5px;
padding-left: 0px;
padding-bottom: 5px;
padding-right: 0px
}
</style>
 
<div class="row">			
Item One			
<span class="col2">
Item Two
</span>
<span class="col3">
Item Three
</span>
<span class="col4">				
Item Four
</span>
</div>
			
<div class="row">
Item Five			
<span class="col2">			
Item Six						
</span>
<span class="col3">
Item Seven
</span>
<span  class="col4">			
Item Eight
</span>
</div>

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Question by:jwright9
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by:Ramanhp
ID: 24092262
<style>
span.col2 {
        margin-left: 10em;
 width:100px;
}
 
span.col3 {
        margin-left: 10em; width:100px;
 
}
 
span.col4 {
        margin-left: 10em; width:100px;
 
}
 
 
div.row {
overflow: auto;
font-weight: bold;
width: 100%;
float: left;
padding-top: 5px;
padding-left: 0px;
padding-bottom: 5px;
padding-right: 0px
}
</style>
 
<div class="row">                      
Item One                        
<span class="col2">
Item Two
</span>
<span class="col3">
Item Three
</span>
<span class="col4">                            
Item Four
</span>
</div>
                       
<div class="row">
Item Five                      
<span class="col2">                    
Item Six                                                
</span>
<span class="col3">
Item Seven
</span>
<span  class="col4">                    
Item Eight
</span>
</div>
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by:Ramanhp
ID: 24092300
<style>
span.col2 {
        margin-left: 10em; width:120px;
}
 
span.col3 {
        margin-left: 10em; width:120px;
 
}
 
span.col4 {
        margin-left: 10em; width:120px;
 
}
 
 
div.row {
overflow: auto;
font-weight: bold;
width: 100%;
float: left;
padding-top: 5px;
padding-left: 0px;
padding-bottom: 5px;
padding-right: 0px
}
</style>
 
<div class="row">                      
Item One                        
<span class="col2">
Item Two
</span>
<span class="col3">
Item Three
</span>
<span class="col4">                            
Item Four
</span>
</div>
                       
<div class="row">
Item Five                      
<span class="col2">                    
Item Six                                                
</span>
<span class="col3">
Item Seven
</span>
<span  class="col4">                    
Item Eight
</span>
</div>
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by:iDeej
ID: 24092391
Using floating is another way to go her also:

HTML:
               <div class="row">
                    <div class="colsLeft">
                        <div class="col1">
                            <h1>Col1</h1>
                        </div>
                        <div class="col2">
                            <h1>Col2</h1>
                        </div>
                    </div>
                    <div class="colsRight">
                        <div class="col3">
                            <h1>Col3</h1>
                        </div>
                        <div class="col4">
                            <h1>Col4</h1>
                        </div>
                    </div>
                </div>
                <div class="row">
                    <div class="colsLeft">
                        <div class="col1">
                            <h1>Col5</h1>
                        </div>
                        <div class="col2">
                            <h1>Col6</h1>
                        </div>
                    </div>
                    <div class="colsRight">
                        <div class="col3">
                            <h1>Col7</h1>
                        </div>
                        <div class="col4">
                            <h1>Col8</h1>
                        </div>
                    </div>
                </div>

CSS:

.row {
    clear:both;
    width: 60%;
    float: left;
    padding-bottom: 10px;
}

.colsLeft {
    width: 48%;
    float: left;
}

.colsRight {
    width: 48%;
    float: right;
}

.col1, .col3 {
    width: 48%;
    float: left;
    background: #ddd;
}

.col2, .col4 {
    width: 48%;
    float: right;
    background: #bbb;
}
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by:jwright9
ID: 24092434
Hi iDeej, I think your solution would work for two column layout but I need a four column layout.  Might you know how to do that?
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iDeej earned 500 total points
ID: 24092571
hello jwright,

this code creates two columns which each contain two more columns essentially giving you 4 columns.

I often use this for 3 column layouts where the left column will contain one column of navigation and the right column will contain the main content column and the right column.

I have tested the code and get two rows of 4 columns. If you test the code you should see that I have set background colors to make this clearer.

hope it helps,

Daniel.
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by:jwright9
ID: 31567770
Daniel,  Thanks so much for your help.  Your solution works awesomely!  J.
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