[thelist] Re: Side-by-side Divs

Stephen Caudill SCaudill at municode.com
Wed Jun 18 14:34:40 CDT 2003

djinn at darkdesigns.org bespaketh on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 3:21 PM:

>>>> From what I've read, it seems like I need to use Float: left
>> for this to
>> happen, but I believe that using Float requires that you specify a
>> width for the div. Is this true? I'd rather not do that.
>> Jean,
>>  by default a div has 100% width.  If you don't specify a
> width, the div
> takes up the entire width of the screen.  Why wouldn't you want to
> specify a width?   I'm confused.
>> -stephen caudill
> Boy, I'd be confused too ;) I didn't realize that a div was always
> 100% (don't use them alot - can you tell?). I thought it would be as
> large as it's contents. Is there a way of specifying that a div be as
> large as it's contents that is well supported?
> Jean Peterson

no.  And in the case of its contents being text, it will default to 100% of its parent's width.  If you let us know what you are trying to do and what the div contains, then we can probably help.  
another thought: the span element might be more what you are looking for... again it will depend on its contents.

-stephen caudill

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