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  1. #1
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    Ok. We've all had this trouble before...and I've solved it before...and what I did then, doesn't seem to be working anymore. I have essentially 4 containers. my main container, which holds 1 left, 1 right, and 1 footer div inside it. The left is the body, the right is the menu, and the footer is...well a footer...
    For some reason, no matter what I change (height: 100% vs. auto), I can't get the height of the body to be full if it's smaller than the menu, and can't get the menu to be full when it is smaller than the body.

    I know I've fixed this before, but this time it's failing me...what am I doing wrong?

    http://www.chelmsfordcommunityeducat...irror/test.htm - bigger menu
    http://www.chelmsfordcommunityeducat...rror/test2.htm - bigger body

    (Yes, I know the menu's too big, I'm going to hide parts of it later)


  3. #2
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    This is sort of a problem with CSS.

    You'll have to specify the height of each section, making them the same.

    The alternative is what's called "faux columns", where you trick it by making
    the background image look like the columns you now have. Then each section
    has background-color: tranparent; so the background image shows through.
    The illusion is that it looks like separate columns, but it's really not.

    IE will sometimes extend the columns down to the bottom, which is the
    effect you want, but FF will not. FF is actually correct by not extending them

    I'm hoping the next breakthrough in CSS (CSS2 or CSS3) solves the problem
    by introducing another property that makes all columns fill to the bottom.

  4. #3
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    CSS3 actually addresses the problem by providing actual columning capabilities. Specifically, it provides for properties for flowing text into columns. The only true drawback of faux column really is the fact that their width can't be changed. CSS3 will also provide for a background-size property as well as multiple backgrounds on the same element that should ease this problem, as well. Still doesn't help with horizontal gradients that need to be resized, but it's an improvement.

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