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Getting your CSS layouts to behave.


I have been building some new skins using CSS to do the layout.  This is a bit of a challenge but worth it once you get the hang of it.  One of the neat tricks I learnt from Damian Edwards is that when you float a div this can behave differently in IE and Fire Fox.  So a good way to get the divs to behave is to add a clearing div like this:

Add this to your CSS

div.float-clear {
   clear: both;
   height: 0px;
   overflow: hidden;

and then add a div like this

<div class="float-clear"></div>

just inside the enclosing div like this

        <div id="links">
            <a class="SkinObject>Home</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;
            <a class="SkinObject>Contact Us</a>
        <div id="user">
            Content goes here
        <div class="float-clear"></div>

The links and user divs are floated in the CSS and the float-clear div makes the layout work correctly in Fire Fox.

To get my fixed width site design to be centre aligned I used two methods together.  For Fire Fox i used

<div id="pagecontent" style="width:1003px; margin:0px auto 0px auto;">And for Internet Explorer i used


in the CSS file.

So there you have it how to make your CSS layouts behave perfectly in both IE and FF.


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