Tutorial 8 - Liquid two column layout

Step 2 - Add width and margin to the container

To get the content to sit in from the edge of the browser window (or viewport) we need to set width and margins on the main div that wraps around the content.

In this case we will use a width of 90% so the CSS declaration used is: "width: 90%". Any width could be used, including 100%, which would force the content to the left and right edges of the viewport.

To center the div in the viewport, we apply "auto" margins to left and right. To move the div away from the top and bottom of the viewport we use a margin of 10px. These can be combined into one shorthand CSS declaration: "margin: 10px auto". This will apply a margin of 10px to the top and bottom and auto margins to the left and right.

Some browsers (particularly Win/IE5 and Win/IE5.5) do not support the auto left and right margins. However, with the addition of two simple rules, these browsers will center the containing block correctly.

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Header

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Subheading

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CSS CODE
#container
{
width: 90%;
margin: 10px auto;
}


HTML CODE
<div id="container">
<div id="top">
<h1>Header</h1>
</div>
<div id="leftnav">
<p>
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</p>
</div>
<div id="content">
<h2>Subheading</h2>
<p>
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</p>
<p>
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</p>
</div>
<div id="footer">
Footer
</div>
</div>
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