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Matching Columns for Fixed Web Page Layouts with CSS


If you're a web designer trying to learn how to build web page layouts where the main columns are displayed as completely balanced, then this group of articles might be what you need. Welcome to the second tutorial of the series that began with "Matching Web Page Columns with CSS." Over the course of this series, you'll learn a CSS-based approach which can be used to keep the length of your web page DIVs entirely level.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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July 23, 2007
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Matching Columns for Fixed Web Page Layouts with CSS
  2. · Working with fixed web page layouts
  3. · Balancing the columns of a fixed web page
  4. · Building a fully-balanced fixed web page layout

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Introduction

If you already read the first article of this series, then it's quite probable that at this point you're very familiar with the CSS-driven technique that I introduced initially, which was aimed at balancing the primary columns of a given web document.

As you'll certainly recall from the previous tutorial, the effectiveness of the method in question basically relied upon creating a general wrapping DIV, which contained all the columns that needed to be leveled. Of course, if you're a seasoned web designer who works frequently with complex web page layouts and advanced browser hacks, then you may find this CSS-based approach rather basic.

However, for web designers taking their first steps into the exciting area of DIV-based web page layouts, this technique might be quite attractive due to its easiness and versatility.

All right, now that I have refreshed the topics covered in the preceding article of the series, it's time to pay attention to the subject that I plan to treat in this tutorial. I'm going to demonstrate how the same CSS-driven method that was used previously in conjunction with a liquid layout to balance the columns of a specified web document can also be utilized to perform an identical task with a fixed web page layout.

So, want to take a closer look at this simple yet effective CSS approach? Don't waste more time; start reading now!


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