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  • I have two columns in the main section of my website (http://blackbeltnerds.com/sandbox/index.html). The left column (below the masthead) has a navigation panel, while the right is for the main content.

    I would like the color background in the nav panel to stretch down to match the size of whatever happens to be in the main content area on that page. I think I have to do something with the min-height and height parameters of the navpanel div.

    However, nothing I try works the way I want it to. I suspect I'm just missing a keyword in my searches (here and on W3Schools), but I can't find an article that explains it.

    Can anybody point me to something that can help?



    • Changed type Daddicus Friday, December 2, 2011 2:29 PM That's what it should have been from the start. I didn't know that, though, when I posted.
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:51 PM

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  • Assign the background color to: <div id="container"> instead of navpanel
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    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:58 PM
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:08 PM
  • For several different variations on the theme, google the term "equal height columns." You will find a number of ways to address the resolution. Take your pick...  ;-)


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    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:12 AM
  • Thanks, all!

    I actually used pieces of Steve's and Scott's suggestions. Googling "equal height columns" got me to http://www.positioniseverything.net/articles/onetruelayout/equalheight, which outlined the process. Adding Steve's comment to move the background color to the div outside of the navpanel (which I created as part of that web page's suggestions) moved the color to the whole page (between the masthead and the footer).

    Pat, thanks for the suggestion, but I wasn't able to figure out how to get all of her materials. Still, I've bookmarked her site, since there looks to be a lot of interesting stuff there.

    Thanks bunches!


    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:44 AM
  • What happened to the "mark as answer" buttons? I don't see any in any of your posts.


    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:51 AM
  • What happened to the "mark as answer" buttons? I don't see any in any of your posts.


    That's because you created this thread as a discussion instead of a question. I don't remember if you can change the type after it's created. If you can change it to a question, you can mark answers, but otherwise you can't.

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    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:43 PM