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Kevin P Smith
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Im kinda new to using DIVs for structuring my website (previously used the ancient and static prehistoric method of tables!).
It all seems pretty straight forwards but I have come across an issue with 'relative' positioning.

How do you make DIV alignment 'relative' to the other divs around it?
By that I mean if I have a DIV(a) that is top/left 0 and has a height of say 50px, and I want another
DIV(b) below it, which is 30px high.
I can set the top of DIV(b) as 50px but if the height of DIV(a) changes then DIV(b) will be wrong. How do I
say that I always want DIV(b)s top to be relative to the height of DIV(a)?

Here is a simple example of a DIV layout that gives me a 'header,'topnav','left nav','body' and a 'footer'.
If I changes the height of 'header' how could I move the top of 'leftnav' and 'topnav' without having to go
thoruhg the CSS and physically make the changes. Also I always want 'body' to be relative to ALL the other DIVs so that it is always inside the topnav, leftnav & foot space.

As my website gets more complex this would become more and more of an issue.

Cheers in advance


OK, getting a bit closer (I think)

But the problem I have here is that the leftnav is longer than the browser window size and the content div is below the rest of the page layout.
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Please do not post the same question more than once. As you have re-posted this, I'll close this one.
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