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Posted on 2012-03-23
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I am working on a client's website and am having problems containing some text.  The temporary website location is www.lakecountywebsites.com/bowernew .  I installed a DHTML menu in the left panel and when I try to put text below it, the text doesn't show up.  It actually flashes for a second and then dissapears.

I have tried inserting a table, a div, and a layer and it all does the same thing.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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There are a number of errors in your page.  One of the ids is used more than once and your FORM is not allowed between a </tr> and a <tr>.  See here for more info:

http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lakecountywebsites.com%2Fbowernew%2F
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by:Tom Beck
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To put text below the menu, this would be the <td> that holds the menu. New div to hold the text below the menu is in bold:

<td width="145" valign="top" class="main" id="dmbTB1ph"><div id="dmbTBBack1" style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; z-index: 998; visibility: visible; width: 148px; height: 168px; background-image: url(&quot;http://www.lakecountywebsites.com/bowernew/menus/images/dmb_i.gif&quot;); background-color: rgb(115, 166, 166); border: 1px groove rgb(0, 0, 0); left: -5px; top: 40px;"><div id="dmbTB1" style="position:relative;z-index:999;left:0px;top:0px;width:148px;height:170px;"><div id="N1001" style="position:

<!---A lot of html removed here for clarity-->

onclick="cFrame.execURL('http://www.lakecountywebsites.com/bowernew/coupons.html','_self');"><img width="1" height="19" style="position:absolute;top:1px;left:1px;" src="http://www.lakecountywebsites.com/bowernew/menus/images/dmb_i.gif"><div align="left" style="position:absolute;top:4px;width:130px;left:9px;">Coupons</div><img width="1" height="1" style="position:absolute;top:10px;left:146px;" src="http://www.lakecountywebsites.com/bowernew/menus/images/"></div></div></div>
<div style="position:relative;top:40px;left:-5px;background-color:#def;height:400px">Text Here</div></td>
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by:northernknight
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I realize there is some code that doesn't belong since the site was on another server with scripts.  I have been trying to remove the old scripts.

Tommyboy, I put the div in that you mentioned and it does the same thing.  Shows for just a second then dissapears.  Maybe I put it in the wrong place?
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Tom Beck earned 500 total points
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No, you didn't put it in the wrong place. Apparently the javascript is creating all the html markup inside the <td> with id="dmbTB1ph". It must erase everything inside that <td> first, so anything you put in there gets wiped out. That's why you see it for a split second before it disappears. What I am suggesting here is to create a new table inside of the original <td id="dmbTB1ph"> so you can have a new <td> for the javascript to print the menu to. Then put a second row inside the new table for your text below the menu. Make sense? I have no way of testing this idea because the menu reloads when the page reloads. I can only simulate the markup in Firebug to verify that the layout is correct.
<td><!--THIS IS THE ORIGINAL TD WITH id="dmbTB1ph". REMOVE ALL ATTRIBUTES-->
<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0">
    <tr>
        <td width="145" height="128" valign="top" id="dmbTB1ph" class="main">

            <!--ALL THE DYNAMICALLY CREATED MENU CONTENT GOES HERE-->

        </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
        <td height="400" width="145">Text Below the Menu Goes Here</td>
    </tr>
</table>
</td>

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