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<h1> position absolute inside a <div>, want to center horizontally and vertically

Here is my test page:
http://partnersdesign.net/test

The slides are marked up like this:

<div id="slide1" class="slide">
	<h2>PREPARE FOR RELAUNCH OF SITE IN 14:12:36:05</h2>
	<img src="img/gr_slide1.jpg" border="0" />
</div>

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The <div> is positioned relative and initially not displayed:
div.slide{display:none;position:relative;}

The images are 100% of the browser's window width:
div.slide img{width:100%;}

What I want to do seems really simple... center the <h2> element both horizontally and vertically within the <div>.

I assume I need <h2> to be positioned absolute, in order to be displayed over the image.

I could make the <div> have a background image, but then I can't easily stretch the image to fill the entire browser width exactly?

I do not know the width or height of the <div>, because it varies depending on the browser window size.

I do not know the width or height of the <h2>, because it varies depending on its content (the text).

Would appreciate any advice. Is there some way to accomplish this?

Thank you!
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Adrian CrabtreeCommented:
You can give a specific width to the H2 and then center the text. Then give it a height with the same line-height.

h2 {
  width: 600px;
  left: 50%;
  top: 50%;
  margin-left: -300px;
  margin-top: -20px;
  text-align: center;
  height: 40px;
  line-height: 40px;
  position: absolute;
}

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You can view it here: http://jsfiddle.net/jHWWr/1/
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bbdesignAuthor Commented:
But I don't know the width of <h2>... it will vary from slide to slide depending on how wide the text ends up being. The text is not the same in every <h2>, so I can't really define its width.
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Adrian CrabtreeCommented:
Great point. Forgot to make it percentages.

h2 {
  width: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  top: 50%;
  margin-left: -50%;
  margin-top: -20px;
  text-align: center;
  height: 40px;
  line-height: 40px;
  position: absolute;
}

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http://jsfiddle.net/jHWWr/2/
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bbdesignAuthor Commented:
OK, updated page:
http://partnersdesign.net/test

Granted, I can figure out the height (since the text will never break to two lines) and therefore get it vertically centered relatively easily.

However, I don't want the yellow background to extend to 100% of the browser width. I want it to only be as wide as necessary to encompass the text within it, if you know what I mean?

If this doesn't work, perhaps I will need to hard-code the width of each individual <h2> element, and approximate where it will fall, hoping browser inconsistencies won't cause a problem.

Thanks.
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Adrian CrabtreeCommented:
The only way I can think of is to have a span within the H2. Is that possible for you to do?

Here is live example: http://jsfiddle.net/N7zL6/
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GaryCommented:
You could wrap the h2 in a div
Give this div an absolute position and left:50%
Give the H2 a position:relative and  left:-50%
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bbdesignAuthor Commented:
Yes yes yes! Thanks!
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