View Full Version : Positioning dilemma - uneven margins

01-28-2004, 02:04 AM
Ok, this is a knify one. I have an element, which has a percentage width but is limited by min and max widths as well. This means that there may be space to the sides of it, and I don't know how much in either relative or absolute values, because of the limits. Well, so far so goo, this is where the real problems comes in: I want whatever space is left outside it to be unevenly proportioned, 1/4 on the right side, 3/4 on the left side. After beating my head against the wall for about four hours trying to solve this, I figured you people would be able to help me, or tell me if it's a hunt for a lost cause.

01-28-2004, 05:56 PM
Hmm, if nothing else, this seems to be a possible future solution: <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2004Jan/0218.html>

01-28-2004, 06:18 PM
Something like that can give you uneven space on the sides, but I'm not sure how to make it 1/4 and 3/4 without knowing the units you used for widths.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en-gb">
<title>IE Behaviors</title>
<script type="text/javascript">
<style type="text/css">
{ border: solid #000 #1px;
background: #eef;
padding: 1em;
width: 20ex;
max-width: 300px;
min-width: 200px;

position: relative;
left: -15%;
margin: auto;

<p>Test paragraph</p>

01-28-2004, 07:05 PM
I removed the parts of the description that I deemed unessential for you to know. I can give you a more detailed description if you like.

- The inner box normally has a width of 70% of the document width.
- However, it may never be smaller than 40 em and never larger than 52 em.
- The width of the space left outside the box thus defaults to 30% of the document width, but may be either larger or smaller, depending on the user set font size and the document width.
- Whether this space is 30% or not, it should be proportioned so that one fourth of it is to the right of the box, and three fourths of it is to the left of it. This proportion should be retained if the user changes the font size or window width.
- The document should scroll horizontally if it's width is below 40em.