Daniel, >From the start of your mail it sounds as though you want to set the background colour of the body tag and the rest of your mail is alternative strategies when that didn't work ... am I right? If my assumption is right then your problem is in the style for the body element; you currently have the line background:#fff; but you need to have background:#ffffff; This will then work in Firefox and IE (and probably any other browser). It's curious really that the short form seems to be acceptable for 'color' but not for background-color. Kyle Kyle Summers Just Breathe http://www.JustBreathe.co.uk -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Daniel LeVangie-Stricklen Sent: 18 February 2005 21:04 To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] Parent DIV won't take background color Hi there, Can someone take a look at Douglas Bowman's Blogger template Minima at http://www.blogger.com/templates/minima/sample.html and help me figure out something about how the DIVs are working? Specifically, I'm using this basic structure for my blog, and I've decided that I wanted to style the <body> background separately from that of the contents. So, I colored the body, and colored the <div> with the id "#content". That didn't work. I colored each of the "#main" and "#sidebar" <div>s, and that *did* work, though it leaves a gulf of the screen with the <body> background color coming through. To experiment, then, I then styled the <div> children of the ".post" class with another background color, and that worked also. So, that leaves me with the question: why won't the "#container" <div> take a background color? I thought that it might have to do with the fact that the "#container" <div> didn't have any content of its own, but was a wrapper for the other two primary content <div>s. So, I dropped a test paragraph before the "#main" <div> and after the "#sidebar" <div>. The "#content" <div> now takes a background color, but only as far down the screen as the "#sidebar" <div> goes. I tried to throw another test paragraph sequentially after the "#main" <div> but before the "#sidebar" <div>, thinking that it would follow the longer content of the "#main" <div", but that didn't work. I have a hunch that this is what all those tutorials I've skimmed about the multi-column layout have been about, and so I'll be hunting them down again. But just on the offchance that there's something goofy going on with Firefox or the ordering of some code, I thought I'd go ahead and toss in this question. Thanks, Daniel __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Take Yahoo! Mail with you! Get it on your mobile phone. http://mobile.yahoo.com/maildemo -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !