css div - div overlapping another instead of adjusting to available space

Posted on 2014-03-16
Last Modified: 2014-03-16
This may be a bit tricky, I'm not sure.

I am using a wordpress theme that has a toggle-div so that certain content can be hidden or opened by the user.

It works.

However, the div for the toggle bar overlaps other divs if used side by side.

I don't know if the solution is going to involve css or a fix in the javascript? I'm thinking probably the css.

It's hard to explain - but you can see a sample of the problem here: 

Fill free to view the source code, which contains the css.

Thanks for any help you can provide on this -

Question by:St_Aug_Beach_Bum
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Expert Comment

ID: 39932841
Just give the toggler a left margin


Author Comment

ID: 39932908
Hi Gary,

Thank you. The problem is that if I do that, if the toggle is in a location where there is not a div to the left, it leaves a blank space to the left.

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Expert Comment

ID: 39932931
Then wrap everything on the right in a div container

<p>The text seems to be in the correct place, it's just the 'bar' that stretches across and in front of the left floated div:<br><br></p>

<div style="" class="toggle  close"><h3 style="display: none;" class="toggle-head-open"> Spoiler</h3><h3 style="display: block;" class="toggle-head-close"> Spoiler</h3><div style="display: none;" class="toggle-content">
Whoa - here's a spoiler!

<p><br>If it was just me writing, I just wouldn't put the toggle next to an ad. But I have writers that won't think about it and just put it anywhere, so I need some kind of solution so this can be used without this issue cropping up.<br><br><br><br></p>

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Author Comment

ID: 39932951
I'm not trying to be a problem... but that doesn't work either - the toggle will be placed in different locations in different articles. So it needs to work (take up the available horizontal space without overlap) wherever it is used in the article.

Author Comment

ID: 39932958
ie: sometimes there will be a div to the left, sometimes there won't be. It would need to work and look good either way...
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Expert Comment

ID: 39932983
Then its not really possible with css - you cannot tell an element to be 100% and float another element next to it.
When you float an element it is no longer part of the normal page flow.

Author Comment

ID: 39933005
I've been experimenting and experimenting.

It seems like this:


added to .toggle works.

I have not tested it across browsers yet.

The only thing is that I have to manually set the width, otherwise it ends up squashed. I'd rather have it take up the space horizontally automatically, but I can live with setting a width.

What do you think?
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Accepted Solution

Gary earned 500 total points
ID: 39933024
If you are setting a defined width then its easy enough, but how will that work if you have no advert.

Author Comment

ID: 39933142
Seems to work ok without the ad too :)

I appreciate your time and help and will send points your way :)


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