> Some testing showed that this does not work in Mac IE 5 or 5.1.
> The column will shrink in size if the browser width is narrowed.
What? You mean it will shrink in height when the browser window is
> As matter of fact if the browser width is larger than its height, the
> will actually extend down further, causing vertical scroll.
That sounds awfully, awfully strange. I'd be interested in seeing a few
screen grabs to see what this effect looks like.
> I seem to recall that height is somehow related to width... Though I
> think of the exact definition.
I've heard similar things loosely claimed, but I don't recall ever
seeing it in the specs. If someone has some meat to put on those bones, I'd
be interested in hearing it; otherwise, I'd like to confirm that there is
nothing to it, and squelch it altogether.
> I actually hope I did something wrong and that's why it's not working.
> position: absolute;
How about dropping "position: absolute"? What happens then? The initial
discussion was about statically positioned elements.
> layer-background-color: #cccccc;
For the sake of the most simple test, I would drop
layer-background-color, too. IE should ignore it, but it's better to
eliminate as many unknowns as possible...
And I would drop the padding, too. I'm not certain whether IE 5/Mac
follows the traditional IE/Win32 box model, or if it has always been
consistent with the W3C box model, but again it's another variable that
would best be left out for initial testing.
I'd be interested in any other Mac users providing feedback, as well.