8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 12, 2010 1:52 AM by JeffPWest

    set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4

    hotstepper305 Level 1

      Dreamweaver CS4 WinXP

      Adding a height dimension to #mainContent colapses the <div> display yet the page renders correct in live view or browser of choice. I have experimented with 1 and 2 column layouts and it seems to only happen with the 3 column layout.

      How can this be prevented as it makes content layout very difficult.

       

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        • 1. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
          Zabeth69-YATPtk Level 4

          Can you give us a link to your page online, so we can look into your code? The answer will be in your code.

           

          Beth

          • 2. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
            MurraySummers Level 8

            CS4's Design view did have some problems with float-based layouts.  It may be that you will need to use a Design-time stylesheet while working with these pages to overcome that. 

             

            Adding a height to a main content area could be very dangerous for other reasons though.  Why are you doing that?

            • 3. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
              hotstepper305 Level 1

              Murray *ACP* wrote:

               

              CS4's Design view did have some problems with float-based layouts.  It may be that you will need to use a Design-time stylesheet while working with these pages to overcome that. 

               

              Adding a height to a main content area could be very dangerous for other reasons though.  Why are you doing that?

               

              Thanks for your help.

              I was unaware that this might cause other problems. My reason for doing  so was to try to have the background color of the three columns uniform. What would be the correct way to achieve this?

              • 4. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
                hotstepper305 Level 1

                Thanks for the reply.

                Since the site is not yet live I have attached the code.

                This is a standard DW 3 column fixed header and footer. The only edit has been to change the height to 750 px in the [.thrColFixHdr #mainContent]

                 

                 

                 

                <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

                 

                <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

                 

                <head>

                 

                <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

                 

                <title>Untitled Document</title>

                 

                <style type="text/css">

                 

                <!--

                 

                body  {

                 

                    font: 100% Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

                 

                    background: #666666;

                 

                    margin: 0; /* it's good practice to zero the margin and padding of the body element to account for differing browser defaults */

                 

                    padding: 0;

                 

                    text-align: center; /* this centers the container in IE 5* browsers. The text is then set to the left aligned default in the #container selector */

                 

                    color: #000000;

                 

                }

                 

                .thrColFixHdr #container {

                 

                    width: 780px;  /* using 20px less than a full 800px width allows for browser chrome and avoids a horizontal scroll bar */

                 

                    background: #FFFFFF;

                 

                    margin: 0 auto; /* the auto margins (in conjunction with a width) center the page */

                 

                    border: 1px solid #000000;

                 

                    text-align: left; /* this overrides the text-align: center on the body element. */

                 

                }

                 

                .thrColFixHdr #header {

                 

                    background: #DDDDDD;

                 

                    padding: 0 10px 0 20px;  /* this padding matches the left alignment of the elements in the divs that appear beneath it. If an image is used in the #header instead of text, you may want to remove the padding. */

                 

                }

                 

                .thrColFixHdr #header h1 {

                 

                    margin: 0; /* zeroing the margin of the last element in the #header div will avoid margin collapse - an unexplainable space between divs. If the div has a border around it, this is not necessary as that also avoids the margin collapse */

                 

                    padding: 10px 0; /* using padding instead of margin will allow you to keep the element away from the edges of the div */

                 

                }

                 

                .thrColFixHdr #sidebar1 {

                 

                    float: left; /* since this element is floated, a width must be given */

                 

                    width: 150px; /* the actual width of this div, in standards-compliant browsers, or standards mode in Internet Explorer will include the padding and border in addition to the width */

                 

                    background: #EBEBEB; /* the background color will be displayed for the length of the content in the column, but no further */

                 

                    padding: 15px 10px 15px 20px; /* padding keeps the content of the div away from the edges */

                 

                }

                 

                .thrColFixHdr #sidebar2 {

                 

                    float: right; /* since this element is floated, a width must be given */

                 

                    width: 160px; /* the actual width of this div, in standards-compliant browsers, or standards mode in Internet Explorer will include the padding and border in addition to the width */

                 

                    background: #EBEBEB; /* the background color will be displayed for the length of the content in the column, but no further */

                 

                    padding: 15px 10px 15px 20px; /* padding keeps the content of the div away from the edges */

                 

                }

                 

                .thrColFixHdr #mainContent {

                 

                 

                height: 750px;


                    margin-top: 0;
                    margin-right: 200px;
                    margin-bottom: 0;
                    margin-left: 200px;
                    padding-top: 0;
                    padding-right: 10px;
                    padding-bottom: 0;
                    padding-left: 10px;
                }
                .thrColFixHdr #footer {
                    padding: 0 10px 0 20px; /* this padding matches the left alignment of the elements in the divs that appear above it. */
                    background:#DDDDDD;
                }
                .thrColFixHdr #footer p {
                    margin: 0; /* zeroing the margins of the first element in the footer will avoid the possibility of margin collapse - a space between divs */
                    padding: 10px 0; /* padding on this element will create space, just as the the margin would have, without the margin collapse issue */
                }
                .fltrt { /* this class can be used to float an element right in your page. The floated element must precede the element it should be next to on the page. */
                    float: right;
                    margin-left: 8px;
                }
                .fltlft { /* this class can be used to float an element left in your page */
                    float: left;
                    margin-right: 8px;
                }
                .clearfloat { /* this class should be placed on a div or break element and should be the final element before the close of a container that should fully contain a float */
                    clear:both;
                    height:0;
                    font-size: 1px;
                    line-height: 0px;
                }
                -->
                </style><!--[if IE 5]>
                <style type="text/css">
                /* place css box model fixes for IE 5* in this conditional comment */
                .thrColFixHdr #sidebar1 { width: 180px; }
                .thrColFixHdr #sidebar2 { width: 190px; }
                </style>
                <![endif]--><!--[if IE]>
                <style type="text/css">
                /* place css fixes for all versions of IE in this conditional comment */
                .thrColFixHdr #sidebar2, .thrColFixHdr #sidebar1 { padding-top: 30px; }
                .thrColFixHdr #mainContent { zoom: 1; }
                /* the above proprietary zoom property gives IE the hasLayout it needs to avoid several bugs */
                </style>

                <![endif]--></head>

                 

                <body class="thrColFixHdr">

                 

                <div id="container">
                  <div id="header">
                    <h1>Header</h1>
                  <!-- end #header --></div>
                  <div id="sidebar1">
                  <h3>Sidebar1 Content</h3>
                    <p>The background color on this div will only show for the length of the content. If you'd like a dividing line instead, place a border on the left side of the #mainContent div if it will always contain more content. </p>
                    <p>Donec eu mi sed turpis feugiat feugiat. Integer turpis arcu, pellentesque  eget, cursus et, fermentum ut, sapien. </p>
                  <!-- end #sidebar1 --></div>
                  <div id="sidebar2">
                    <h3>Sidebar2 Content</h3>
                    <p>The background color on this div will only show for the length of the content. If you'd like a dividing line instead, place a border on the right side of the #mainContent div if it will always contain more content. </p>
                    <p>Donec eu mi sed turpis feugiat feugiat. Integer turpis arcu, pellentesque  eget, cursus et, fermentum ut, sapien. </p>
                  <!-- end #sidebar2 --></div>
                  <div id="mainContent">
                    <h1> Main Content </h1>
                    <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Praesent aliquam,  justo convallis luctus rutrum, erat nulla fermentum diam, at nonummy quam  ante ac quam. Maecenas urna purus, fermentum id, molestie in, commodo  porttitor, felis. Nam blandit quam ut lacus. Quisque ornare risus quis  ligula. Phasellus tristique purus a augue condimentum adipiscing. Aenean  sagittis. Etiam leo pede, rhoncus venenatis, tristique in, vulputate at,  odio. Donec et ipsum et sapien vehicula nonummy. Suspendisse potenti. </p>
                    <h2>H2 level heading </h2>
                    <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Praesent aliquam,  justo convallis luctus rutrum, erat nulla fermentum diam, at nonummy quam  ante ac quam. Maecenas urna purus, fermentum id, molestie in, commodo  porttitor, felis. Nam blandit quam ut lacus. Quisque ornare risus quis  ligula. Phasellus tristique purus a augue condimentum adipiscing. Aenean  sagittis. Etiam leo pede, rhoncus venenatis, tristique in, vulputate at, odio.</p>
                    <!-- end #mainContent --></div>
                    <!-- This clearing element should immediately follow the #mainContent div in order to force the #container div to contain all child floats --><br class="clearfloat" />
                  <div id="footer">
                    <p>Footer</p>
                  <!-- end #footer --></div>
                <!-- end #container --></div>
                </body>
                </html>

                • 5. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
                  MurraySummers Level 8

                  My reason for doing  so was to try to have the background color of the three columns uniform. What would be the correct way to achieve this?

                  Google "faux columns"!

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                  • 6. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
                    hotstepper305 Level 1

                    Thanks for the tip.

                    Implemented beautifully.

                    • 7. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
                      MurraySummers Level 8

                      You're welcome!  Good luck....

                      • 8. Re: set height causes display problems Dreamweaver CS4
                        JeffPWest Level 1

                        Hi There - I am having the same Design View issue with a 2 column layout, the left floated, based on the DW template. I am setting the height of the the two columns as I want to fix the height of the view of these 2 columns and have them scroll [vertically] independently. Live View and Browser rendering are fine, so I guess this is an occasion I will just have to live with it! Jeff