Take up remaining space with div tag

Posted on 2014-03-13
Last Modified: 2014-04-07
I would like for my content div that has a background image to take up the remaining space between the footer and header tags. How can I do this please? Thank you.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html charset="UTF-8">
	<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
	<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="styles/styles.css" />	

	<!--[if lt IE 7]>
		<style type="text/css">
			#wrapper { height:100%; }


	<div id="wrapper">
		<div id="header">
		</div><!-- #header -->
		<div id="header-compact">
		<div id="content">
			<div id="name">
				<h1>Building Contractor</h1>
				<h3>Key West, Florida</h3>
		</div><!-- #content -->
		<div id="footer">
		</div><!-- #footer -->
	</div><!-- #wrapper -->


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body {
#wrapper {
	width: 100%;
#header {
	border-bottom: 2px solid red;
	height: 100px;
	max-width: inherit;
	color: red;
#content {
	/*padding-bottom:100px; /* Height of the footer element */
	position: absolute;
	border: 1px solid black;
	max-width: 100%;
	min-height: 80%;
	background: url(S12_Blueprints.gif) no-repeat center center fixed;
	-webkit-background-size: cover;
    -moz-background-size: cover;
    -o-background-size: cover;
    background-size: cover;

	position: absolute;
	opacity: 0.5;
	width: 700px;
	margin-left: auto;
	margin-right: auto;
	background-color: black;
	color: white;
	margin-bottom: 50px;
#footer {
	border: 1px solid black;

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Question by:centem
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Expert Comment

by:Steve Bink
ID: 39928538
I think the only you could do this is through Javascript, by calculating the space left in the current viewport between your #header-compact and #footer.  Your footer is essentially locked to the bottom of the viewport, and is removed from the flow.

You could try setting a min-height on #content, but without a specific height on #wrapper, you'll have no guarantees for different screen sizes.
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Expert Comment

by:Julian Hansen
ID: 39928548
Firstly I would change your css so that your footer sticks to the bottom of the page no matter how much content you have. (see attached)

Then - in terms of the content area filling the space to the footer - just need to understand the #name element - why is that positioned absolutely?
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Accepted Solution

Pierre Cornelius earned 500 total points
ID: 39977498
See following changes to your #content rule:
Remove: min-height: 80%;
add: height: calc(100% - 244px);

		#content {
			/*padding-bottom:100px; /* Height of the footer element */
			position: absolute;
			border: 1px solid black;
			max-width: 100%;
			/* remove this: min-height: 80%; */
			height: calc(100% - 244px); /* add this*/
			background: url(S12_Blueprints.gif) no-repeat center center fixed;
			-webkit-background-size: cover;
			-moz-background-size: cover;
			-o-background-size: cover;
			background-size: cover;

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