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Posted on 2015-01-21
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Im trying to get my CSS to float correctly. What Im trying to do is float my spacers to the remaining space after the label and textbox so I can add in error and warnings if required by jQuery later.

CSS:
#divBody {
    width:80%;
}
#divLeft, #divRight {
    float:left;
    width:45%;
    border:solid black 1px;
}
.spacer {
    float:left;
    background-color:red;
    width:100%;
}
input {
    width:50px;
}

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HTML:
<div id="divBody">
    <div id="divLeft">
        <label>Field 1:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>
        <div class="spacer">Poss</div>
        
        <label>Field 2:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>
        <div class="spacer">Invalid</div>
    </div>
    <div id="divRight">
        <label>Field 1:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>
        <div class="spacer"></div>
        
        <label>Field 2:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>
        <div class="spacer"></div>
    </div>
</div>

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Result:

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What Im getting is:-
Current Result
What it should be is like:-
Should be
Ive stuck it on jsfiddle at http://jsfiddle.net/vnb06zou/1/ in the hope someone can help me :-S

What I dont understand is why the div is floating at the bottom of the area and not next to the text boxes as needed.
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Question by:tonelm54
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Dave Baldwin earned 2000 total points
ID: 40563144
'floats' need to have a specified width and that width must be less than or equal to the element that contains them.  This basically works, you can finish the details.  Note the inline 'style' and the <br clear="all"> to return to the left.
<div id="divBody">
    <div id="divLeft">
        <div style="float:left;"><label>Field 1:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>&nbsp;</div>
        <div class="spacer">Poss</div><br clear="all">
        
        <div style="float:left;"><label>Field 2:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>&nbsp;</div>
        <div class="spacer">Invalid</div>
    </div>
    <div id="divRight">
        <div style="float:left;"><label>Field 1:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>&nbsp;</div>
        <div class="spacer"></div><br clear="all">
        
        <div style="float:left;"><label>Field 2:</label>
        <input type="text"></input>&nbsp;</div>
        <div class="spacer"></div>
    </div>
</div>

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Expert Comment

by:Tony O'Byrne
ID: 40566728
First thing worth noting is that floats are difficult to work with - even when I've been doing this professionally for 5 years.

Where possible, I prefer to not use floats.

I started from scratch and used your image as a prototype to match.  Though I didn't worry about getting it "pixel-perfect", it gets pretty darn close:
http://jsfiddle.net/vnb06zou/4/
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