Tutorial 9 - Liquid three column layout

Step 1 - Start with the semantically marked up code

To lay out a page into three columns, you need to start with the basic page structure. In this case we will use some dummy content to create the three column template. The page has been grouped into six separate divs, and each of these divs has been given a unique ID selector. The divs are labeled; "container" (wrapped around the entire page's content), "top" (for the top banner), "leftnav" (for the smaller, left column), "rightnav" (for the smaller right column), "content" (for the main content) and "footer" (for the footer across the bottom of the page).

For this tutorial, obvious names have been used to help illustrate the point, but any name can be used. However, it is better to name classes and id's based on their meaning, rather than their appearance.

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Header

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Subheading

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CSS CODE
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HTML CODE
<div id="container">
<div id="top">
<h1>Header</h1>
</div>
<div id="leftnav">
<p>
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</p>
</div>
<div id="rightnav">
<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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