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dynamic pages/floats/code order/positioning

Sent by Michael B on 10 September 2005 05:05

First time posting a question, have been reading for a few weeks.
I've got a design I'm adapting to a CMS that calls the sections dynamically.. 
I want my sidebar on the left. I've seen arguments regarding SEO and content 
coming first in the code. Therein lies the dilemma. 
My design has a background image, which I've set to a wrapper for the 
sidebar and content. No problems, if I have a lot of "content" for the 
content div, all is well. I use a position: absolute for the sidebar, and 
call it after the content.
However, if I don't have any content, the wrapper only wants to extend the 
length of content, not the sidebar.

I'm doing this on a Mac, but I checked the main page in IE 6, it looked 
fine. Everything is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and the CSS validated as 

My question is this: is there another way to get the sidebar to come first 
on the screen but second in the code, and are there any insights into the 
arguments regarding content coming first in the code in the first place?

Thanks in advance for any opinions.
Michael B aka miklb
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