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Make Iframe work with position relative using clip:rect

Hi, I am trying to figure out how to do an iframe of just a portion of a page (in this example the news highlight of yahoo).  I got this to work with position:absolute, but I cannot seem to get this to work with position:relative.  What happens is the portion of the target page that I am clipping shows up on the left side.  

I would like to use this on a page that is centered, so position:absolute is not an option.  Ideally I would like to put a float tag around all of this and treat the iframe like an image.  I tried to do a float and also a table (putting the iframe in the center col of the table).  I can't seem to carry over what I have done in my code example to anything position:relative.

Any ideas on where I should go with this?  

I am not using the Yahoo page in my actual page, I am just using this as an example.  


<!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>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>
<body>
<DIV STYLE="position: absolute; left: -50px; top: -100px; clip:rect(165px 595px 415px 160px);">
  <iframe width="595" height="415" src="http://yahoo.com" scrolling="no"></iframe>
</div>
</body>
</html>

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xberryCommented:
Well, I think the trick is that you first create a parent div with relative positioning and then a child div
that you can use in order to position absolute in relation to the parents postion:

If you try the modified example below you'll see that you can position your iframe in center div:

<!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>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>
<div>
<Div style="width: 200px; float: left;">something left</Div>
<div style="width: 600px; position: relative; float: left;">
<DIV STYLE="position: absolute; left: -50px; top: -100px; clip:rect(165px 595px 415px 160px);">      
  <iframe width="595" height="415" src="http://yahoo.com" scrolling="no"></iframe>
</div>
</div>
</body>
</html>
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tresmanosAuthor Commented:
Thanks, that helps a lot!  I knew it had to be something simple that I just wasn't seeing.  

Very nice!!!
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tresmanosAuthor Commented:
I know I just gave you the points, what you told me helps, but I have another question.  I changed up your code a bit and found that the iframe sits on top of the text.  Do you know if it's possible to have the text wrap around the iframe?  

<!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>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>
<body>
 
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	<div style="width: 400px; position: relative; float: right;">
		<div style="position: absolute; left: -250px; top: -350px; clip:rect(165px 595px 415px 160px);">      
			<iframe width="595" height="415" src="http://yahoo.com" scrolling="no"></iframe>
		</div>
	</div>
 
</div>
 
</body>
</html> 

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tresmanosAuthor Commented:
I'll actually open a new question since this one is already closed.  
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xberryCommented:
Glad i could help

>>> I knew it had to be something simple that I just wasn't seeing.

I would be glad if I would reckognize the simple things in life all the time, but ... ;-))
Anyway, nice you did appreciate that too, because there certainly more complicated solutions
out there ... welcome ;-)
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