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    I have a situation where I have information that needs to be aligned vertically. Meeting Date --> Agenda --> Minutes I've tried using nonbreaking spaces, but since the dates are different lengths, the Agenda and Minutes links don't line up. I COULD just add additional nonbreaking spaces to make things line up, but that's sloppy the way I see it. (just like adding multiple tabs in a Word doc instead of setting 1 or 2 where they need to be)

    Can you set "tabs" in html?

    I know I can do this with tables, (that's what I started with) but the tables are causing the body of the page to drop down below the menu on the left.

    I've used html and css for the site.

    Please advise. (I've been looking at the w3schools online tutorials, but I must not be searching for the right thing)

  • #2
    You could set up three divs, and the content would automatically wrap itself inside them.

    A link to see exactly what you're referring to would help tremendously.

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    • #3
      <p> tag with "float:left;" style??
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      • #4
        well, here's the "less than optimal" fix I've come up with.

        www (dot) marshallcountyhealth (dot) org (slash) BOH (dot) html

        please note, this site is designed for a rural county health department and most users will be using dial-up to access. it is simple for that reason. (plus I'm new at this...)

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        • #5
          3 divs will solve this
          <div class="date"></div>
          <div class="agenda"></div>
          <div class="minutes"></div>
          set all divs to float left and set the minutes clear to right.

          This also sounds like a job for an xml file...and you call the file to a repeating region, or even a mysql dbase.

          Oh 1 thing that you will have to do here is to specify the column widths.

          Darryn Cooke : Orange County Graphic Designer

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          • #6
            I'd have thought it would be easier to just fix the problem with the table dropping below the menu.

            The most likely causes are either that you're clearing the table or that it's too wide.

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            • #7
              Sorry for being a newbie, but can you define "clearing the table"?

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              • #8
                In the CSS there would be clear:left, clear:right or clear:both. This clears floats, which would make the cleared element sit below any floated elements.

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                • #9
                  You should be using a table for what most would consider to be tabular data.

                  Once its changed to a table the problem will be easier to resolve.
                  Last edited by tZ; 08-06-2009, 07:25 PM.

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                  • #10
                    well, I started with a table. I can go back. I thought tables were passe.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PCCHDsue View Post
                      well, I started with a table. I can go back. I thought tables were passe.
                      Using tables for layout is bad. Using tables to show tabular data is good.

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                      • #12
                        Ok, that makes sense. Back to the table I go.

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                        • #13
                          I think it is a trap we all fall into. We start using tables for layout, realise that css is better and start think that tables are, therefore, bad. They are not. They are perfect for tabular data as Hew said.

                          It's all part of the learning curve....

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                          • #14
                            luckily, I'm new enough to this that I didn't start with table-based layouts. However, I'm also new enough to this that I didn't know that tables weren't always bad.

                            Thanks for the input.

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