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Dreamweaver always ads space at the top

  • # September 21, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Every time I open a html file in dreamweaver somehow it ads like a 50 pixel high white bar at the top. Seen here

    Help urgent!


    # September 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    it seems that your menu div being before the header image is creating the problem. I wasn’t able to figure out how to make it appear without the div being before the image. sorry.

    # September 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    the first thing you did wrong is that you went div crazy. You don’t need to put so many divs in your code


    What you should have done is made your header image a background image. Here is the improved code. notice what I took out of your code. Notice how many fewer lines of code there is. It’s cleaner, easier, less typing and it makes it far easier to find errors. Don’t nest so many divs when you don’t need to. This will give you less to look through when you do find a problem. You also had many unclosed


    The proper way to make a br tag is


    When you are having issues with your code. One of the things you can do is validate your css and your html with the validator. There is a css one also

    < !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

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    here is the improved 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;


    h1 { font-family: Times; font-size: 23px; color: #0055A5; text-align: center;

    p { font-size: 12px; }

    .thrColFixHdr #container {
    width: 900px; /* 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. */
    #header {
    width: 900px;
    height: 160px;
    background:url(images/header.jpg) no-repeat;
    /* 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. */
    #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 */

    #sidebar1 {
    float: left; /* since this element is floated, a width must be given */
    width: 274px; /* 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 */
    height: 688px;
    background: url(images/adsidebar.jpg) top left no-repeat;
    text-align: center;
    color: #0055A5;
    background-color: #7FC241;

    .thrColFixHdr #mainContent {
    /*margin: 0 200px; the right and left margins on this div element creates the two outer columns on the sides of the page. No matter how much content the sidebar divs contain, the column space will remain. You can remove this margin if you want the #mainContent div’s text to fill the sidebar spaces when the content in each sidebar ends. */
    float: right;
    margin-right: 20px;
    .thrColFixHdr #footer {
    padding: 0 10px 0 20px; /* this padding matches the left alignment of the elements in the divs that appear above it. */

    .thrColFixHdr #footer p {
    .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 */
    font-size: 1px;
    line-height: 0px;

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    #sidebarcopy { font-family:Times;
    margin: 0 auto;
    padding-top: 420px;

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    #nav { position: relative; top: 135px; }

    #nav ul
    list-style: none;
    padding: 0;
    margin: 0;

    #nav li
    float: left;
    margin: 0 0.15em;

    #nav li a
    height: 2em;
    line-height: 2em;
    float: left;
    width: 9em;
    display: block;
    border-right: 0.3em solid white;
    color: white;
    text-decoration: none;
    text-align: center;

# September 23, 2009 at 11:36 am

Thanks a million Cybershot. You are right, I need to minimize the code to the max.

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