View Full Version : scrollbar on left, content on right

Jun 30th, 2002, 08:00 AM
does anyone know how to put the scrollbar on the left side of the page, but keep the content still aligned to the right?

Jun 30th, 2002, 01:12 PM
Are you talking about something like in this example?:

<html dir="RTL">
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
such as in the paragraph below.
<br /><br />
<p dir="ltr">Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah...</p>
<br /><br />
<p>Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah...</p>
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Is this what you were looking for? Good luck ;).

Jun 30th, 2002, 09:03 PM

I thought dir="ltr" was only supported in html 4.

How does it effect the page in various browsers.

It seems to me to be an obsolite tag!

I am confused now??????

Please expand a little if you can




are you thinking of "frames"



<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>Left scrollbar</title>

<frameset cols="80,*">
<frame src="leftframecontent.htm" name="leftframe" noresize scrolling="yes">
<frame src="mainframecontent.html" name="mainframe" noresize>

<body bgcolor="#ffffff">

you don't have the facility to view frames - so there


If you want to, you could set the frameset width to cols="1,*" (1 pixel width for the left frame, auto for the main frame) and this will give you a scroll bar to the left....


Jun 30th, 2002, 10:07 PM

You're correct, it is not very cross browser.

Like you suggested, probably forever is looking for frames. When I first read it the first thing that came to mind was dir="rtl/ltr" since he mentioned text alignment and the scrollbar on the left.

A different sort of example for anyone who's interested, paste the following into your address bar and hit Enter:


My post is a confusing...even to me on a second look...lol. Got a bit mixed up :D.

Quiet Storm
Jun 30th, 2002, 10:15 PM
I've something like that.

(IE only)

Jun 30th, 2002, 10:17 PM

Is the way to do it in Gecko, but that doesn't change the scrollbar position, just changes the dir of content. I think it is up to the user agent to reposition the scrollbar or not... not sure though.

Quiet Storm
Jun 30th, 2002, 11:40 PM
My page works just fine.

Scrolbar on the left of the page... all text readable from left-to-right.

What's the problem?


Jul 1st, 2002, 03:09 AM

No the post wasn't confusing, just my understanding of the ltr thing.


Quite storm...


Very cleaver, how did ya do it?


BTW, doesn't read ltr when I stand on my head though?????:thumbsup:

Quiet Storm
Jul 1st, 2002, 11:18 PM

<HTML dir="rtl">


<DIV ALIGN="left">
?Here's some text, just don't end the final sentance with a period/questionmark/etc because it will show up before the text. Try putting it at the front, maybe

Try that. :)

Jul 2nd, 2002, 08:22 AM
Attribute dir="rtl" is used when your language is written from right-to-left (Some Arabic languages, for instance). Thus, it's not meant to be used for style manipulation.

But Like QStorm already suggested, you should define your document from right-to-left and every element in it aligned from left-to-right.

Jul 3rd, 2002, 08:23 PM
whoa, that's trippy :rolleyes:


Quiet Storm
Jul 3rd, 2002, 09:02 PM
Did it to my friend's first page of his site:


He doesn't know about it yet. :D
It was interesting to see - there is absolutely no difference in the design or positioning on his site, just the scrollbar. :confused:

Just figured something out:

<HTML DIR="rtl">


<DIV DIR="ltr">

...will set it perfectly with no period/question mark adjustments.