Vladimir Tokmakov

Another way of fixing IE float bug 6 April 2007


Viewing this example requires IE.

Task:

Deal with float behaviour when width is specified as percentage.

I figured out that setting nonzero value right padding (padding-right: 1px) for the bordering element also solves the problem.

This method has certain limitations. So if you experience any trouble, try the first approach.

How it looks in a browser

Column width 30%
Column width 70%, this one doesn’t bounce
Column width 30%
Column width 70%, this one suffers from the bug when IE window size changes
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<style type="text/css">
    body { background: #ffffff; }

    .columns { clear: both; width: 100%; //padding-right: 1px; //overflow-x: hidden; }
    .columns .a,
    .columns .b
    { float: left; }
    .columns .a { width: 30%; background: #ccffcc; }
    .columns .b { width: 70%; background: #ffcccc; }

    .wrong_columns { clear: both; width: 100%; margin-top: 1em; }
    .wrong_columns .a,
    .wrong_columns .b
    { float: left; }
    .wrong_columns .a { width: 30%; background: #ccffcc; }
    .wrong_columns .b { width: 70%; background: #ffcccc; }
</style>
<div class="columns">
    <div class="a">Column width 30%</div>
    <div class="b">Column width 70%, this one doesn&#146;t bounce</div>
</div>
<div class="wrong_columns">
    <div class="a">Column width 30%</div>
    <div class="b">Column width 70%, this one suffers from the bug when IE window size changes</div>
</div>



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