I was hoping to avoid pushing it down with margins, so that if the text is displayed differently on different computers, it would not push the containing block beyond its height of 50px (or clip anything).
could you please post your code (simplified if necessary) instead of the link ....we like to have code samples here at WebmasterWorld, so that future visitors have something concrete to refer to, test pages tend to disappear into broken links and then no-one knows what we're talking about :)
>>I need to get a block to sit at the bottom edge of its containing block
Do you know the height of the bottom bit of text would bottom padding do to enable your containing block content to clear the absolute div and still give the perception that it's taking up the space?
<div class="container"> <div class="top">Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo.</div> <div class="bottom">need this text at the bottom</div> </div>