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Trying to put a tabel in a division

I am trying to put a table inside a division, the table has 3 cols
col1 and col3 being 100px with the remaining  wider center column in the center.
The style for the table was fine until i put into this division.
I am trying to make it look like attachment. After attempting to adjust the floats it is no longer in the division and the table has lost their widths
How can i fix this:

http://roofgenius.com/test3.asp
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isnoend2001
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isnoend2001Author Commented:
I have manage to get the table inside the division red border, but the table cells are not the correct size
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skullnobrainsCommented:
actually this is pretty much a pain to work this out cross browser in css

if your div has a known width, which seems to be the case, you can give a width to the middle column. if not, it will only work roperly if your middle column actually has enough content to make it wide enough. this may not be an issue since you'd only need one of the rows to contain that much data to fix it all. you can use a placeholder for that as well.

other than that, you'll have to resort to absolute positioning for the left and right cols, and use 100px margins for the inner one to prevent overlaps.
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Chris StanyonCommented:
Couple of options here. Either give your table a fixed width (about 620px seem to do the trick), or separate the table from ads. Float one left and one right - they won't clash then.
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isnoend2001Author Commented:
Thanks
I tried floating them left and right and it did not work. I was probably doing something wrong.
I used absolute positioning
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skullnobrainsCommented:
this is normal : floating stuff left and right at the same time just does not work or at least does not in a cross-browser fashion. the only simple way that does work cross-browser when it comes to left+right positioning inside an element that has no specific size or position is to combine float:left for the inner left element and text-align:right for the parent element, but it is uselessly complicated in this case.
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Chris StanyonCommented:
floating stuff left and right at the same time just does not work

really! first I've heard of it ;)
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skullnobrainsCommented:
sorry, the comment was a bit harsh. no hard feelings on my side.

they actualy do not in some browsers (guess which) : one of the float will end up below the other one like this

|                                      float right stuff |
|                                            second line |
|float left stuff                                         |
|                                                               |

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even if you play as much as you can with clear and make sure the width are small enough and they do not overlap

i pretty much agree the corresponding browser implementations are weird at best

correcting with position:absolute works as far as i remember but messes up some other browsers since the float gets ignored.
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isnoend2001Author Commented:
Got it to work with absolute positioning
Had to add this to container:
position: relative;

http://roofgenius.com/test3.asp
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skullnobrainsCommented:
nice and clean ! and i did not even know this would work using an absolutely positionned table (my suggestion actually implied using divs)

thanks a lot for posting back

best regards
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