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Float Problem Cross Browser



3:23 am on Nov 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm trying to set up a three-column layout in CSS using float tags, but they're showing up differently between IE and Firefox. Here's a quick demo of the code I'm working with:

<div id="wrapper" style="background-color:#c0c0c0; border:#000000 1px solid;">

<div id="column1" style="float:left;">Text...</div>
<div id="column2" style="float:left;">Text...</div>
<div id="column3" style="float:left;">Text...</div>


In IE, the wrapper's background color and border extend down to encompass all the content inside the columns. However in Firefox, the wrapper only extends down one line in the background, letting all the column content stick out the bottom. I've cheated my way to fix this in the past, but I'm looking for a real solution if there is one. Thoughts? Help? Thanks!

[edited by: eelixduppy at 8:27 am (utc) on Nov. 27, 2008]


8:21 pm on Nov 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

try floating the wrapper left as well.

then put the wrapper in a body-wrap and set margin:0 auto;

i think that worked for me.


9:44 pm on Nov 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member swa66 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

A normal block is not supposed to stretch for its children that are floated. So to stretch it again you can add content after the children that does clear the floated elements and itself is not floated.

Typically you can use a

<br class="clear" />
for it and then
style it with:

.clear {

Alternatively you can use an ":after" that has the clear property set (search for clearfix, but take not to fall for the hacks that many examples come with)

IE: well it's got it wrong (not that uncommon). If IE doesn't do it, it'll get it seriously wrong when you need it to do it too, so you might need to give the parent 'hasLayout' (by e.g. giving it zoom:1 in the conditional comment)

A floated parent indeed is supposed to stretch to encompass its content, but it's not always a good option to go that avenue.


5:40 am on Nov 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The <br style="clear: both;" /> worked like a charm. Thanks!

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