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  1. #1
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    Expanding Side Bars Problem

    Hey guys,
    Having an issue with my site here.

    For some reason, I cannot get my side bars to expand downward with the content on my page. They just don't show. If I add content (like text or something) to the side bar's div, it will show up for however much content is in there (but I don't want to do that). I am pretty sure my div structure is correct, I just think I need to clear out some floats somewhere or something (which I have tried in several locations).

    It is suppose to look like this screenshot of the design:

    Here is my page where you can view the source:

    Any help is greatly appreciated!


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    Senior Coder effpeetee's Avatar
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    I can't help you with the code, I am not competent. But I thought that you might like to know what I see.

    IE7 - The picture comes up on the left (no sidebars) and fills the screen (with sidebars) when clicked.
    Another click returns it to the first state.

    Firefox - Behaves the same.

    Opera - The whole screen comes up, completely filled, clicking makes no difference.

    Last edited by effpeetee; 05-21-2007 at 08:05 AM. Reason: extra info added

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    You need to put the sidebar images in a div that is expanding with your content. The way you have it now, nothing makes .side-left or .side-right expand.

    Like this:
    <!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=iso-8859-1"><title>StarCraft 2 Forums and Information Hub - StarCraftZone.com</title>
    <style type="text/css">
    /* StarCraftZone.com CSS Document */
    /* Globals */
    body {
    	background-color: #000000;
    	background-image: url(/images/background.gif);
    	background-position: top;
    	background-repeat: repeat-x;
    	color: #CCCCCC;
    	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    	font-size: 12px;
    	margin: 0;
    	padding: 0;
    img {
    	border: 0;
    a {
    	color: #0078ff;
    	text-decoration: none;
    a:hover {
    	color: #3f99ff;
    	text-decoration: underline;
    h4 {
    	color: #ffc600;
    	font-size: 18px;
    	margin: 0;
    	padding: 0;
    	font-weight: normal;
    h5 {
    	font-size: 12px;
    	font-weight: bold;
    	margin: 5px 0 5px 0;
    /* Other */
    #container {
    	margin: 0 auto;
    	width: 822px;
    	background: #000000 url(http://starcraftzone.com/images/side-bar-left.gif) repeat-y left;
    #nested_container {
    	width: 822px;
    	background: url(http://starcraftzone.com/images/side-bar-right.gif) repeat-y right;
    .container-inside {
    	width: 800px;
    	margin: 0 auto;
    	background-color: #000000;
    	background-image: url(/images/grid.gif);
    	background-position: left;
    	background-repeat: repeat-y;
    .clear {
    	font-size: 0;
    	height: 0;
    	clear: both;
    /* Header */
    .banner {
    	background-image: url(/images/banner.gif);
    	background-position: center;
    	background-repeat: no-repeat;
    	height: 221px;
    .nav {
    	text-align: center;
    	padding-top: 170px;
    	.nav a {
    		margin: 0 10px 0 10px;
    /* Content */
    .content {
    .content-left {
    	width: 225px;
    	float: left;
    	padding: 0 5px 0 10px;
    	margin-top: 15px;
    .content-right {
    	width: 544px;
    	float: left;
    	border-left: 1px solid #242424;
    	padding: 0 5px 0 10px;
    	margin-top: 15px;
    	background-image: url(/images/wraith.gif);
    	background-position: top right;
    	background-repeat: no-repeat;
    /* Footer */
    .footer {
    	text-align: center;
    	padding-top: 20px;
    <div id="container">
    <div id="nested_container">	<div class="container-inside">
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    Thanks so much, yet again! I see what the problem is.


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