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Impossible 3 column CSS Layout?  (Percent, Fixed, Percent) with 100% height

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So, i have searched and search and come close but not exact... I am trying to create a 3 column CSS layout - where the left and right column are percentage and the middle column is a fixed pixel sized centered between the two percentage-based left and right columns. ALSO (this is the kicker) I need to have all of the columns adjust vertically to 100% height no matter what amount of content is in each column.  Is this an impossibility?  

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John
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by:alien109
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the 100% height isn't there, but I'm sure it can be tweaked.
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by:OrbitMonkey
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Well, yeah It's the 100% height that is really the issue - I've TRIED tweaking it to no avail.  I guess that's where i need help - with the tweaking part :)
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by:Thorn007
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to get the height thing to work you need to specify the bottom position.
* {
margin:0;
padding:0;
}
#wrapper {
bottom:0;
display:block;
position:absolute;
top:0;
width:100%;
}
#left {
left:0;
position:absolute;
right:50%;
top:0;
z-index:5;
}
#left p {
padding-right:300px;
}
#center {
background:#00FF00 none repeat scroll 0 0;
bottom:0;
left:50%;
margin-left:-300px;
position:absolute;
top:0;
width:600px;
z-index:5;
}
#right {
left:50%;
margin:0 auto;
position:absolute;
right:0;
top:0;
z-index:1;
}
#right p {
padding-left:300px;
}

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by:Thorn007
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the above are tweaks to alien
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by:OrbitMonkey
ID: 24433105
Thorn007 - That is close!!  The center column is 100% height - but is there a way to have the left and right columns 100% height as well?  

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John
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* {
margin:0;
padding:0;
}
#wrapper {
display:block;
position:absolute;
width:100%;
bottom:0;
top:0;
}
#left {
left:0;
position:absolute;
right:50%;
top:0;
z-index:5;
bottom:0;
background:#ccc;
}
#left p {
padding-right:300px;
}
#center {
background:#00FF00 none repeat scroll 0 0;
left:50%;
margin-left:-300px;
position:absolute;
top:0;
width:600px;
z-index:10;
bottom:0;
}
#right {
left:50%;
margin:0 auto;
position:absolute;
right:0;
top:0;
z-index:1;
bottom:0;
background:#00f;
}
#right p {
padding-left:300px;
}

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by:OrbitMonkey
ID: 24433245
You rock!  I pulled many a hair out on something that seems so simple!!!  Thank you, Thank you!  WOOT!
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by:OrbitMonkey
ID: 24433292
I'll mark Thorn's Answer as the correct one - but i'm posting the entire HTML code for future reference in case alien109 link goes away...
<!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" lang="en"> 
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>Template</title>
<style type="text/css">
 
* {
margin:0;
padding:0;
}
#wrapper {
display:block;
position:absolute;
width:100%;
bottom:0;
top:0;
}
#left {
left:0;
position:absolute;
right:50%;
top:0;
z-index:5;
bottom:0;
background:#ccc;
}
#left p {
padding-right:300px;
}
#center {
background:#00FF00 none repeat scroll 0 0;
left:50%;
margin-left:-300px;
position:absolute;
top:0;
width:600px;
z-index:10;
bottom:0;
}
#right {
left:50%;
margin:0 auto;
position:absolute;
right:0;
top:0;
z-index:1;
bottom:0;
background:#00f;
}
#right p {
padding-left:300px;
}
 
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="wrapper"><div id="left"><p>
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam laoreet tortor ac nunc. Nulla risus nulla, suscipit eget, rhoncus et, nonummy sed, tortor. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam consequat imperdiet lorem. Nullam aliquet volutpat wisi. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Sed dolo&#9733;&#9733;r pede, tempus non, volutpat dignissim, cursus non, mauris. In tristique. Integer blandit, lorem eget tincidunt posuere, quam wisi fermentum elit, quis aliquam ante enim at nibh. Sed faucibus sem et mi. Donec iac&#9733;&#9733;s nulla nec urna. Phasellus ultricies est et urna. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. &#9733;&#9733;Etiam laoreet tortor ac nunc. Nulla risus nulla, suscipit eget, rhoncus et, nonummy sed, tortor. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam consequat imperdiet lorem. Nullam aliquet volutpat wisi. </p></div>
<div id="center"><p>
 
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam laoreet tortor ac nunc. Nulla risus nulla, suscipit eget, rhoncus et, nonummy sed, tortor. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam consequat imperdiet lorem. Nullam aliquet volutpat wisi. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Sed dolo&#9733;&#9733;r pede, tempus non, volutpat dignissim, cursus non, mauris. In tristique. Integer blandit, lorem eget tincidunt posuere, quam wisi fermentum elit, quis aliquam ante enim at nibh. Sed faucibus sem et mi. Donec iac&#9733;&#9733;s nulla nec urna. Phasellus ultricies est et urna. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. &#9733;&#9733;Etiam laoreet tortor ac nunc. Nulla risus nulla, suscipit eget, rhoncus et, nonummy sed, tortor. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam consequat imperdiet lorem. Nullam aliquet volutpat wisi. </p></div>
<div id="right"><p>
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam laoreet tortor ac nunc. Nulla risus nulla, suscipit eget, rhoncus et, nonummy sed, tortor. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam consequat imperdiet lorem. Nullam aliquet volutpat wisi. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Sed dolo&#9733;&#9733;r pede, tempus non, volutpat dignissim, cursus non, mauris. In tristique. Integer blandit, lorem eget tincidunt posuere, quam wisi fermentum elit, quis aliquam ante enim at nibh. Sed faucibus sem et mi. Donec iac&#9733;&#9733;s nulla nec urna. Phasellus ultricies est et urna. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. &#9733;&#9733;Etiam laoreet tortor ac nunc. Nulla risus nulla, suscipit eget, rhoncus et, nonummy sed, tortor. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam consequat imperdiet lorem. Nullam aliquet volutpat wisi. </p></div></div>
</body>
</html>

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