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Hi there,

I have a child div that is relatively positioned to it's parent div left 20 px and top 105 px
is it not possible to have the parent div automatically expand to contain or wrap the entire child div?

Does using relative positioning remove the child div from the document flow? is there a jquery fix or something to fix this if that is the case? Or do I just need to clear the child div or something like that please help
<!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>Test</title>
<style type="text/css">
<!--
#page-content-wrapper {
	background-color:#0F0;
	width: 975px;
 
}
#page-content {
	background-color:#eee;
	width: 935px;
	position: relative;
	left:20px;
	top:105px;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="page-content-wrapper"> start page-content-wrapper
  <div id="page-content"> Start page content<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    End page-content<br />
  </div>
  <div style='clear:both;'>
</div>
 
  end page-content-wrapper </div>
</body>
</html>

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by:Britt Thompson
ID: 24792887
If you want it to clear to the bottom of the content you should use margins in the content instead of static positioning:
<!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>Test</title>
<style type="text/css">
<!--
#page-content-wrapper {
        background-color:#0F0;
        width: 975px;
}
#page-content {
        background-color:#eee;
        width: 935px;
        position: relative;
		margin:105px 0 0 20px;
}
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<div id="page-content-wrapper"> start page-content-wrapper
  <div id="page-content"> Start page content<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    <br />
    End page-content<br />
  </div>
  <div style='clear:both;'></div>
 
  end page-content-wrapper </div>
</body>
</html>

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by:selvol
ID: 24792891
<div style="clear:both
#page-content-wrapper {
	background-color:#0F0;
	width: 975px;
         clear:both

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by:selvol
ID: 24792912
Excuse that last comment.
Possible you may find the answer here.  
 
I see your. clear:both now

 
 

http://www.positioniseverything.net/easyclearing.html 

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by:mediatimebomb
ID: 24809642
I know you can do this with margins but can you not do it with relative positioning?
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selvol earned 375 total points
ID: 24809958

Maybe I am miss-interpreting..
I apologize.&nbsp; You want the content wrapper to inconpass the child. And for the wrapper to expand and shrink as needed? Correct.
I apoligize.

<html>
 <!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>Test</title>
      <style type="text/css">
       <!--
        #page-content-wrapper {
         background-color:#0F0;
          width: 975px;
           z-index: 2;
            position: absolute;
             margin:0 auto;
              padding:20;
               clear:both;
                 }
                  #page-content {
                   background-color:#eee;
                    width: 935px;
                     position: inherit;
                      left:20px;
                       top:105px;
                        z-index: 2;
                         }
                         #page-content-wrapper2 {
                        background-color:#0F0;
                       width: 955px;
                      z-index: 22;
                     position: absolute;
                    margin:144 auto;
                   padding:20;
                  clear:both;
 
                }
               #page-content2 {
              background-color:#eee;
             width: 935px;
            position: inherit;
           left:20px;
          top:105px;
         z-index: 22;
        }
       body {
      font-size: 12px;
     font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, Sans-Serif;
    background-color:#ff7900;
   color:#333333;
  padding:0;
 margin:0;
 }
  #contents #contents-body p{margin-top:10px;}
   -->
   </style>
                                 </head>
                                <body>
                               <div id="page-content-wrapper"> start page-content-w
                              <div id="page-content"> Start page content<br />a
                             <br />
                            <br />
                           <br />
                          <br />
                         <br />
             content
              content
               content
                content
                 content
                  content
                   content
                    content
                     content
                      content
              content
              content
              content
              content
                      content
                     content
                    content
                   End page-content<br />
                  End page-content<br />
                 End page-content<br />
                End page-content<br />
               End page-content<br />
              End page-content<br />
             End page-content<br />
            End page-content<br />
           End page-content<br />
          End page-content<br />
         End page-content<br />
        End page-content<br />
      <div>
     <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
      <!--point Comment--><div id="page-content-wrapper2"> start page-content-wrapper
       <div id="page-content2"> Start page             <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
        <br />
         <br />
          <br />
           <br />
            <br />
             content
              content
               content
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                 content
                  content
                   content
                    content
                     content
                      content
                       content
                        content
                         content
                         content
                        content
                       content
                      content
                     End page-content<br />
                    End page-content<br />
                   End page-content<br />
                  End page-content<br />
                 End page-content<br />
                End page-content<br />
               End page-content<br />
              End page-content<br />
             End page-content<br />
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           End page-content<br />
          End page-content<br />
         End page-content<br />
        <div>
       </div>
      end page-content-wrapper </div></div><br>
     </body>
    </html>
   
 

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by:mediatimebomb
ID: 31600513
that will do It thanks for you help
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