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Im trying to make a page something similar to igoogle.com in which the divs which make up 'widgets' in each column are expandable and contractable as you move the browser window. I need this backwards compatible to IE 6 and supporting the modern browsers too of course. I'm not sure that such a thing is actually possible in IE6 however, at least in css only. Anyone know of a way to do this?

I found this which is a fixed central column and expanding/contracting sides around it: http://www.pmob.co.uk/temp/fixed-center-fluid-sides.htm , but I need all the divs to be contracting as I move the window size.

Thanks for any help or tips!
Matt
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This should be achievable by using percentage widths for the main structure of your page and not declaring the width for the individual widgets.  As a matter of fact, I won't even take credit and give you the code!!  Here is a link to a great resource: http://matthewjamestaylor.com/blog/perfect-3-column.htm!

I hope this helps, there a million ways to make this work but this is one of the easiest to understand with all the code available to you and a pretty good explanation!
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Excellent answer, this is an invaluable link and actually covered everything else I wasn't sure of in addition, many thanks!

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