DIV needs to scroll

Posted on 2014-03-22
Last Modified: 2014-03-25

I have a page which has a column to the left, which needs to stay there but scroll up and down so the descriptions in the panel move up and down with the lines. The properties to the right need to be able to be scrolled left to right.  The sideways scrolling works in Firefox and Chrome, but not in IE, however I still need the panel on the left to move up and down when the page is vertically scrolled...

Here is the page: link to page

Help appreciated - thanks in advance!
Question by:Nico2011
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COBOLdinosaur earned 100 total points
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IE is probably getting screwed up by some of the 69 validation errors:

IE has always had some issues with scrolled elements and you basically have some many errors that it looks like it just gave up trying to resolve which scroll property to use because of the -ms-x-scroll getting overridden by the scroll that follows it.

But that is just speculation.  There is no point in trying to get the rendering correct until the errors are eliminated.


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I have cleaned up the code - there are two errors left which I am trying to find, however do you think that it is ok to try to get the div working now please?

I have removed the ms-x-scroll too, however it still doesn't want to play ball...

Thanks again for your help!

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rgranlund earned 100 total points
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Add the following to your CSS:

#properties {

That should do it, if not, let me know.
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Gary earned 100 total points
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I would be inclined to use jQuery and fixed table headers/columns - at least this way you will not have to worry about cross browser issues like you currently have.

I know you currently don't use jQuery but for the sake of an extra 30kb...
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by:Pierre Cornelius
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From what I see, it seems you need the following:

change position property of element 'sidepanel2' to absolute
add overflow: auto and width: 800px (or whatever width you want) to element 'properties'

This would give you a sidepanel that scrolls up and down with the properties yet, properties can scroll horizontally independantly.

I would rather put the styles in css as opposed to inline to keep in line with the concept of keeping structure and style separate.
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Author Comment

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Hi Pierre,

Thanks for your help - it still won't scroll in IE and in other browsers, I have lost the static side bar - it scrolls left and right too, so goes off of the screen...

Any more suggestions?

Otherwise, I will follow Gary's suggestion and convert to JQuery - it just means starting from scratch which is a bit annoying!

Best wishes/Nico
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starting from scratch
Not really - add the jQuery/plugin, make your sidebar part of the table and tell the plugin the ID of your table.
Shouldn't take more than 10/15 mins.
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by:Pierre Cornelius
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Hi Nico. That is strange. I just tested now in IE and it works. I used IE 10. It also works fine in Firefox 27. Which versions are you using?

Did you add my suggested rules correctly? Try putting this rule in your css (and remove the inline styling in your html ).
#properties {
    left: 156px;
    overflow: auto;
    position: relative;
    width: 600px;

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Pierre Cornelius earned 200 total points
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ok, I see now you did put the rule but you declare the css rule as a class instead of by id

i.e. in sidebar.css you are declaring as ".properties" instead of "#properties"

change the period tohash and it should work.

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thank you all for your help - everyone had a valid point and gave good advice - it was difficult to split up the points - I really appreciate the help - it works now :-)
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by:Pierre Cornelius
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Glad to help. Good luck. Though I feel rgranlund and Gary should not have been given points, but this is your perogative.

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