Placing rectangle and line shapes in an HTML table cell by DIV

I want to build a flow chart diagram in a single HTML table cell, by creating and positioning the individual rectangles and arrowed lines to form the chart components.

1. I have a DIV within a table cell:

<table border="1">
<tr>
<td>100</td>
        <td>200</td>
        <td>300</td>
</tr>
<tr>
             <div id="my_box">
                    <td colspan = 2>
                            <p>I'm text in a div.</p>
                    </td>
</div>
        <td>600</td>
</tr>
<tr>
  <td>400</td>
  <td>500</td>
  <td>600</td>
</tr>
</table>

2. I have a specification for one rectangle:

<div class=rectangle/>

.rectangle
{
   width:100px;
   height:100px;
   border: 1px solid #000;
   background-color: pink;
}

How do I use these two code sets to create the rectangle within the cell?
How do I add another rectangle at another (actually, non-overlapping) position within that same cell?
How do I use px coordinates to define the position of these two shapes within the same table cell?

Many thanks
Kelvin
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RartemassConnect With a Mentor Service Desk AnalystCommented:
While Jen0910's answer is accurate, I think it may have been interpreted slightly askew.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you want the CSS for .rectangle {...} to assign to the <div id=my_box>.
Is that right?

If so then only the CSS or HTML need to change slightly.

To make the existing CSS work, simply change the html to be <div class="rectangle"> instead of <div id="my_box>
To make the existing HTML work, change the CSS to:

#my_box
{
   width:100px;
   height:100px;
   border: 1px solid #000;
   background-color: pink;
}

The rest of Jen0910's responses address the remaining questions well.
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Jen0910Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You have wrong code in there.

<tr>
             <div id="my_box">
                    <td colspan = 2>
                            <p>I'm text in a div.</p>
                    </td>
</div>
        <td>600</td>
</tr>

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The div needs to be within the table cell. So it should look like this:
<tr>
<td colspan = 2>
<div id="my_box">
<p>I'm text in a div.</p>
</div>
</td>
        <td>600</td>
</tr>

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to place the rectangle into "my_Box", do this:

<tr>
<td colspan = 2>
<div id="my_box">
<div class=".rectangle">I'm the rectangle in a div.</div>
</div>
</td>
        <td>600</td>
</tr>

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You can set relative positioning for the individual elements within "my_box", which in this case would be ".rectangle". Overlapping elements use absolute positioning, so just avoid that. Study up on floats and margins, and that should help you.
http://css.maxdesign.com.au/floatutorial/
http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_class_float.asp
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Jen0910Connect With a Mentor Commented:
whoops! I have a typo in there--copy & paste fail. >:-[
Eliminate the period from the class in the HTML:

<tr>
<td colspan = 2>
<div id="my_box">
<div class="rectangle">I'm the rectangle in a div.</div>
</div>
</td>
        <td>600</td>
</tr>

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LZ1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you thought about using a 3rd party plugin for the charts?  

Google: http://code.google.com/apis/chart/image/docs/gallery/chart_gall.html
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Kelvin4Author Commented:
Thanks everyone.
Kelvin
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