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Old 02-09-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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How do I use CSS to set height of a section using % like frames

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, so if it is not please direct me where to go.

I want to create a simple webpage that has two sections. The top section must be 80% of the window's height regardless of the size of the window, or if the window is resized. Ordinarily I would use frames, but I understand the prefered technique now is to use CSS. How do I use CSS to do this?

So far I understand a style could be assigned with a height specified (eg. using a <div style="height: [something]"></div>). But percentages don't work for this parameter and I don't know how to get the pixel height of this parameter into the style when the window is sized.

Also with frames I could resize the frame by dragging the seperator between the top and bottom sections. How would I do this with CSS?
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have you even tried using %?
i would suggest you have a little look at
Old 02-12-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Problem was with Netbeans IDE

I went back and checked (using % as I had before), but did it in Notepad instead of the Netbeans 6 IDE. It turns out that it works with Notepad, but not with Netbeans (I don't have a clue why). Thanks for the help.

As for dragging the border between the top half and the bottom half, any suggestions?
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These kind of things are complicated by CSS browser compatibility problems. See for some good general info on formatting with CSS.


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