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Strange issue with gap between elements

1:11 pm on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi, I have an issue with two elements in a container that have a gap between them but I cannot see where the gap is coming from.

Basically, I have a standard centered page layout, the relevant CSS for holding the elements (a banner and then a nav menu underneath) is:

body {
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
text-align: center;

#container {
width: 1024px;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
text-align: left;

And the CSS for the elements is:

#topbanner {

#menubar {

The banner goes across the top of the page and the idea is that the menubar (which contains a number of images and their rollovers) fits directly underneath without any gap. But there seems to be white space of about 5px in all browsers and I can't see why. I tried adding a clearfloat into the HTML, i.e:

.clearfloat {
font-size: 1px;
line-height: 0px;

But this doesn't do anything.

HTML is currently:

<div id="container">
<div class="topbanner"><img src="image/banner2.png" alt="banner" /></div>
<div class="clearfloat"></div>
<div class="menubar">(various button images)</div>
<div class="clearfloat"></div>

Any ideas as this has me stumped!
2:53 pm on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)


I don't know if its just me, but I tried your code with Safari, Opera, and IE7 (using some placeholder images), and there doesn't seem to be any gap between the two Div's, but I did make two minor adjustments to your HTML:

<div id="container">
<div id="topbanner"><img src="image/banner2.png" alt="banner" /></div>
<div id="menubar">(various button images)</div>
<div class="clearfloat"></div>

In your CSS you listed menubar and topbanner as an id, but in your HTML it was a class. I also got rid of the clearfloat above menubar.
If my memory serves me right, you would only need a clearfloat after a floated div, as it prevents the div from running into any content which may be below.

Also for good measure you may want to add 0 margin and 0 padding to topbanner and menubar, as browsers can add there own if it hasn't been specified.

Let me know if this helps at all.

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