all good stuff.
So far i have yet to test any of our new sites in 5.5 as nobody has requested it. I’m hoping with 8 gaining some ground in the future this will seal the deal on anything below 6 and then something like what we’re talking about will for sure not be an issue.
there are some instances where using different types of bkgd’s will probably require the use of a container div,
but if you dont mind sacrificing IE5.5, which i dont haha, this would seem a more semantic approach that is a fairly new concept to me.
I took a look in the other browsers and it does work in the major ones but falls apart in 5.5.
you could still set your maincontent and sidebar to the desired widths and they would work, they would just lose the centered alignment.