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css horizontal menu - equally spacing menu items and right edge alignment

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I am using a list for a menu, and I need  all <li> items equally spaced withing given container. Plus the last item of menu (contact) should be aligned against the right edge of container.  So the last letter of the last word is actually touching the right edge.
I tried to do float and use padding, but it is obviously not what i need.

Thank you,

Stacy
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by:flob9
ID: 24863459
Please, provide a sample of the html page.
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by:ctasik
ID: 24863524
<div id="header">
    <h1>portfolio</h1>
             
    <ul>
   
    <li><a href="index.htm" class="current">HOME</a></li>
    <li><a href="curr_act.htm">CURRENT ACTIVITIES</a></li>
    <li><a href="gallery.htm">GALLERY</a></li>
    <li><a href="theatre.htm">THEATRE</a></li>
    <li><a href="teaching.htm">TEACHING</a></li>
    <li><a href="contact.htm" class="last">CONTACT</a></li>
         
    </ul>
  </div> <!--header-->


css
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#header ul {
      margin: 0;
      padding: 0;
      list-style: none;
      position: absolute;
      bottom: 0px;
      width:700px;
      font-size: 1.1em;
      right: 0px;
            }
      
#header li {
      float: left;
      }
      
#header li a:link, #header li a:visited {
      display:block;
      background: #FFFFFF;
      padding: .2em 0em;
      text-decoration: none;
      color:#000000;
      /*margin-right: .5em*/
      margin-left:20px;
      font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
      }            

      
#header li a:hover, #header li a:active {
      color:#666666;
      background:#FFFFFF;
            }
      
#header li a.current, #header li a.current:hover, #header li a.current:active {
      color:#666666;
      background: #FFFFFF;
      cursor: default;
   }
   
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flob9 earned 500 total points
ID: 24863638

#header ul {
      margin: 0;
      padding: 0;
      list-style: none;
      position: absolute;
      bottom: 0px;
     /* width:700px;*/
      float:right; /* added */
      font-size: 1.1em;
      right: 0px;
}

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by:ctasik
ID: 24863679
* width:700px;*/
      float:right; /* added */
I tried to float it right, but then Firefox puts all menu items <li> backwards... and Safari doesn't.

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by:flob9
ID: 24863787
It is working for me with safari 4 and firefox 3.5.

"Firefox puts all menu items <li> backwards" <<< what do you mean ?
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by:russianryebread
ID: 24863848
If the elements are backwards, float them the other way...  You can re-arrange the order of a floated list by the direction you float the <li> elements inside the <ul>
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by:ctasik
ID: 24865457
Actually it didn't work:)
The distance between menu item is control by margin-left: 20 px
ul float right & il float left  still leaves a distance to the right, because the space occupied by font of <li> items + space in between them still doesn't equal 100%.

I need somehow to tell them to occupy all the space inside ul edge to edge, 100 %. I tryed using percentage value, but each word is different length. So equal percentage method doesn't work.
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by:ctasik
ID: 24865481
so my question now is

How to make <li> items

<li><a href="index.htm" class="current">HOME</a></li>
    <li><a href="curr_act.htm">CURRENT ACTIVITIES</a></li>
    <li><a href="gallery.htm">GALLERY</a></li>
    <li><a href="theatre.htm">THEATRE</a></li>
    <li><a href="teaching.htm">TEACHING</a></li>
    <li><a href="contact.htm" class="last">CONTACT</a></li>

spread inside lu edge to edge with equal spaces between them.

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