Tutorial 9 - Liquid three column layout

Step 9 - Setting margins to the "content" div

This next step is the most important of the entire process. The "leftnav" div has been floated, so text from the "content" div will flow down the leftnav's right edge and then wrap around under it. To make the text appear as it is in a new column, we apply margin-left to the "content" div, making sure that the width is greater than the overall width of the "leftnav" div. In this case, we will use "margin-left: 200px", which will give us 40px margin between the leftnav and the main content. The same is done to the right side.

We will also apply a border to the left and right of the "content" div. This could be a problem if the "leftnav" div is longer than the main content. If this is the case, the border can be applied to the right side of the "leftnav" div instead of the "content" div.

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Header

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Subheading

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CSS CODE
#container
{
width: 90%;
margin: 10px auto;
background-color: #fff;
color: #333;
border: 1px solid gray;
line-height: 130%;
}

#top
{
padding: .5em;
background-color: #ddd;
border-bottom: 1px solid gray;
}

#top h1
{
padding: 0;
margin: 0;
}

#leftnav
{
float: left;
width: 160px;
margin: 0;
padding: 1em;
}

#rightnav
{
float: right;
width: 160px;
margin: 0;
padding: 1em;
}

#content
{
margin-left: 200px;
border-left: 1px solid gray;
margin-right: 200px;
border-right: 1px solid gray;
}


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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