[thelist] CSS class and ID - which to use?

Spencer Lindsay spence at spencerlindsay.com
Wed Apr 19 15:56:30 CDT 2006

Hi All,

Not one for lurking, I'll fire one off right away before checking the 

Gods... I'm hitting a wall here....

My client wants me to have this ready for prime time asap and I'm 
starting to sweat.

Here's the deal:



In reading the csszengarden book, looking on alistapart and general 
sleuthing, I've found that everyone says stay away from lots of <div> 
tags, but csszengarden and all the cool css sites I've looked at are 
using TONS of <div> tags..

I set this page up with four <div> tags:

#header {

background:url(../images/kruglePageHeader.gif) no-repeat;

width: 725px;





#leftContent {

float: left;

width: 500px;

padding:0px 0px;


background:url(../images/leftText.gif) repeat-y center;


#rightContent {

float: left;

width: 200px;

padding:0px 0px;


background:url(../images/rightText.gif) repeat-y center;


#footer {

clear: both;


I've used the <h1> and <h2> tags with background images to create the 
tops of the the boxes, laid a background into the left and right <div>s 
and then put a background image justified bottom left behind the .text 

This works fine until you need to place something that doesn't fit 
between the <p> brackets (like <ul> or a <form>).  If I try to add the 
text class to the <ul> or <form>, it just blows up anyway.

My head is in the loving embrace of a fifty pound, stainless steel bench 
vise and someone just turned on the grinding wheel....

Any help?


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