Three columns layout without table

Feb 08 2008

Computer monitors are getting bigger and bigger, so do the html pages. People start to add more columns into the layout.
To create a three columns layout, in a very traditional way you can do it in a table, like this:


There are some obvious downside on this:

  • Mix data and presentation
  • Not browser friendly, try to browser this use a mobile phone? I am not saying iPhone or iPod Touch.

So how to fix it? You can use css with “position: absolute;” or “Float”:

<div id="wrapper">
  <div id="main">
    <div id="sideleft">Left column</div>
    <div id="sideright">Right column</div>
    <div id="content">Content</div>
#wrapper {width: 800px;}
#main {margin-top: 10px;}
#sideleft {float: left; width: 200px; border: 1px solid black; background-color: #dddddd;}
#sideright {float: right; width: 200px; border: 1px solid green; background-color: #99ff99;}
#content {border: 1px solid blue; background-color: #9999ff; margin: 0 20px 0 10px;}

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One response so far

  1. Great tips, i found all information i was looking for, i will use some of them.

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