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    Question IE6 (sigh I know) and CSS alignment issue with jQuery UI


    at the moment our clients internal network is entirely IE6 based. This won't change for a year or so.

    I'm trying to create an interface using jQuery UI.

    My effort so far: Edit this Fiddle - jsFiddle - Online Editor for the Web (JavaScript, MooTools, jQuery, Prototype, YUI, Glow and Dojo, HTML, CSS)

    (N.B. this looks weird in firefox, but in IE6 it looks kind how I want it to, with the exceptions listed below)

    It has two tabs, the first of which I want to have a List on one side like a top level menu, and a div for main page content. Both the "main menu" and "main page content" should align properly.

    My Questions:

    How do I get this to align properly, with the "Main menu" and "page content" divs with the same vertical alignment?

    How can I have it so the line on the "page content" div sits between the it and "main menu", running from top to bottom of the tab?

    Thank you in advance

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    I totally can't "see" what you're trying to do. Not sure what you mean by align. There is no content in the example you posted, so I can't see what the nothing is supposed to do or where it's supposed to go.

    I see two tabs and they look lined up to me??

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    Hi Welcome to Sitepoint

    That jsfiddle is really awkward to work with but it seems that you have these two rules incorrect.

            float:  left;
            display:  inline;
            width:  160px;
            margin:  0;
             padding: 1em 20px;
            overflow:  auto;
         /* width:  100%;*/
        /*float:  left;*/
            /*display: inline;*/
            margin:  0;
             margin-left: 200px;
            border-left:  1px  solid gray;
            padding:  1em;
    Firstly you gave a width of 100% to the first float so nothing can possibly rise up next to it.

    Secondly you added a margin-left:200px on the content but then you floated it which means it will eventually stretch and be too wide anyway.

    If the tab container is a fixed with then float both the elements with the correct width for a more reliable display. Then make sure the container of the floats contains the floated children with a clearing mechanism (overflow:hidden or the clearfix method).

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