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I am needing to create columns and rows using div tags. Like in the image below How do I get started? File of what I need to do
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Question by:gelifaith
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JosephEricDavis earned 500 total points
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There is a css style called float that you can utilize to stack divs next to each other.

One thing that is important to remember is that when a div is set to float left it will mess with the positioning of the div that follows it.  The way to take care of that is to add a div with a style of clear:both after a row of divs.  That will start a new row for you. Try starting with the code below and see what it does.

<div style="float:left; width: 200px; height:50px;">
     Content
</div>
<div style="float:left; width: 200px; height:50px;">
     Content
</div>
<div style="float:left; width: 200px; height:50px;">
     Content
</div>
<div style="clear:both;"></div>
<div style="float:left; width: 200px; height:50px;">
     Content
</div>
<div style="float:left; width: 200px; height:50px;">
     Content
</div>
<div style="float:left; width: 200px; height:50px;">
     Content
</div>
<div style="clear:both;"></div>

It's also important to remember that when a div has a style of float:left it will no longer expand horizontally to fill it's container.  It will now only have a width as wide as the content it contains or as wide as it is set to be.  These are just some of the tricks you need to become familiar with when you start using divs to position data on your page instead of tables.
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WE just went through this on another question yesterday, where the person was trying to duplicate a TABLE column and row functionality with DIVs and could not get it to work right.  He said he didn't want to use tables, so I suggested how to do it with DIVs.  But in the end, he awarder the "correct answer" to someone else that said, use tables.  

So I am doing that here -- DIVs can't correctly duplicate the simplicity and functionality of a table, including automatic expandability and contractablity.  SO if you want table-like columns and rows, USE A TABLE -- it is so simple, and you are done in 1 minute.  Style it with CSS in another minute -- extremely efficient.
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I was the one who was awarded the points in the last question similar to this one that scrathcyboy is referring to...

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/CSS/Q_26619620.html

And in the question I said that there are good times to use <div> tags with a style of 'float:left' or 'float:right' to manage page layout and there are other times when it is good to just break down and use a table.  The way I tend to go myself is try and use <div> tags to develop the layout until I come to a place exemplified in this question above where tables are simply the better way to go.

Anyway... it is pretty opinionated advice.  Take it or leave it.
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