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Left & Right Halves Layout

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	<title>Some Example from CSS-Tricks</title>
	
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	   * { margin: 0; padding: 0; }
	   p { padding: 10px; }
	   #left { position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; }
	   #right { position: absolute; right: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; }
	
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    <div id="left">
        <p>Left Half</p>
        <p>Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante. Donec eu libero sit amet quam egestas semper. Aenean ultricies mi vitae est. Mauris placerat eleifend leo. Quisque sit amet est et sapien ullamcorper pharetra. Vestibulum erat wisi, condimentum sed, commodo vitae, ornare sit amet, wisi. Aenean fermentum, elit eget tincidunt condimentum, eros ipsum rutrum orci, sagittis tempus lacus enim ac dui. Donec non enim in turpis pulvinar facilisis. Ut felis. Praesent dapibus, neque id cursus faucibus, tortor neque egestas augue, eu vulputate magna eros eu erat. Aliquam erat volutpat. Nam dui mi, tincidunt quis, accumsan porttitor, facilisis luctus, metus</p>
        <p>Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante. Donec eu libero sit amet quam egestas semper. Aenean ultricies mi vitae est. Mauris placerat eleifend leo. Quisque sit amet est et sapien ullamcorper pharetra. Vestibulum erat wisi, condimentum sed, commodo vitae, ornare sit amet, wisi. Aenean fermentum, elit eget tincidunt condimentum, eros ipsum rutrum orci, sagittis tempus lacus enim ac dui. Donec non enim in turpis pulvinar facilisis. Ut felis. Praesent dapibus, neque id cursus faucibus, tortor neque egestas augue, eu vulputate magna eros eu erat. Aliquam erat volutpat. Nam dui mi, tincidunt quis, accumsan porttitor, facilisis luctus, metus</p>
    </div>

    <div id="right">
        <p>Right Half</p>
        <p>Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante. Donec eu libero sit amet quam egestas semper. Aenean ultricies mi vitae est. Mauris placerat eleifend leo. Quisque sit amet est et sapien ullamcorper pharetra. Vestibulum erat wisi, condimentum sed, commodo vitae, ornare sit amet, wisi. Aenean fermentum, elit eget tincidunt condimentum, eros ipsum rutrum orci, sagittis tempus lacus enim ac dui. Donec non enim in turpis pulvinar facilisis. Ut felis. Praesent dapibus, neque id cursus faucibus, tortor neque egestas augue, eu vulputate magna eros eu erat. Aliquam erat volutpat. Nam dui mi, tincidunt quis, accumsan porttitor, facilisis luctus, metus</p>
        <p>Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit amet, ante. Donec eu libero sit amet quam egestas semper. Aenean ultricies mi vitae est. Mauris placerat eleifend leo. Quisque sit amet est et sapien ullamcorper pharetra. Vestibulum erat wisi, condimentum sed, commodo vitae, ornare sit amet, wisi. Aenean fermentum, elit eget tincidunt condimentum, eros ipsum rutrum orci, sagittis tempus lacus enim ac dui. Donec non enim in turpis pulvinar facilisis. Ut felis. Praesent dapibus, neque id cursus faucibus, tortor neque egestas augue, eu vulputate magna eros eu erat. Aliquam erat volutpat. Nam dui mi, tincidunt quis, accumsan porttitor, facilisis luctus, metus</p>
    </div>

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Comments

  1. Better to use floats, but I think this technique has the same effect. Good to use with a relatively positioned wrapper though.

  2. Brian
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    Indeed if you need 2 columns inside a parent div make sure you set the parent div to “position:relative;” in order to properly contain absolutely positioned child elements.

    Example:

    #pagewrap {width:100%; position:relative;}
    #left { position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; }
    #right { position: absolute; right: 0; top: 0; width: 50%; }

  3. Permalink to comment#

    Floats are better in this case. I generally try to avoid position: absolute;, especially on critical layout components.

  4. jeff sturgis
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    Float has its problems as well and creates the need for additional float clearing css.

  5. @Jeff:

    I’d rather use additional rules for clearing a float in CSS than having absolute positioning – sometimes it can get a tad bit messy.

  6. Better to use floats for layout division. Also in place of using * to reset the style of html elements, I would encourage to use reset for individual elements in group

  7. Der
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    y go throught all that trouble when just use tables no hacking this n that

    • Julian Cizmic

      Are you still stuck in 1995? ;)

    • gann

      I agree, just cause some new ways appear, doesn’t mean u have to use them.

      i.e bgColor=gray, though dep’d will never go away, cause basic browsers will always need them.

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