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Can I get the left column to stretch with the main content column?

Thread began 1/23/2011 1:20 am by Lon Winters | Last modified 1/25/2011 9:53 pm by Lon Winters | 1469 views | 2 replies |

Lon WintersBeta Tester

Can I get the left column to stretch with the main content column?

Starting with one of the presets, I built the a two column layout, left sidebar with a fixed footer.

The left column has a beige background color but does not expand all the way down the page. I can adjust this by adding content of course, or simply entering carriage returns. I can also set a fixed height in pixels in the style sheet. I also tired setting the height in the style sheet to 100 % but that has no effect.

How can I get this column to always stretch to the bottom of the page and even connect to the footer? There always is some white space above the footer. here's a link

financial.php

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neilo

You will need to use a faux-column technique, using a background image (I have attached one in case you need it). Place that (or your own image) in folder sitesculptor_assets/content/images/ and then reference it in the rule for contentWrapper. In your screen.css at about line 157.

Change:

#outerWrapper #contentWrapper {
overflow: hidden;
}

to:

#outerWrapper #contentWrapper {
background-image: url("../images/content_wrapper_bg.jpg");
background-repeat: repeat-y;
background-position: center top;
overflow: hidden;
}
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Lon WintersBeta Tester

So that's what the faux column technique is, I was thinking it was something different. I have used this before, but the issue I ran into was the repeating background image would still only repeat as far as there was content in either the column or main content area. When using a fixed footer, sometimes it's preferable to have it extend all the way to the footer.

What I did to address this is put the image in the outer wrapper itself, and make sure it didn't show on top of any of the header images either by inserting header images instead of backgrounds, or tweaking z indexes.

Either way, you have provided the solution - thank you very much, especially for providing the code and the image itself for me!

Once again, Web Assist support saves the day!

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