@charset "UTF-8"; body { font: 100% Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background: #666666; margin: 0; /* it's good practice to zero the margin and padding of the body element to account for differing browser defaults */ padding: 0; text-align: center; /* this centers the container in IE 5* browsers. The text is then set to the left aligned default in the #container selector */ color: #000000; } .oneColLiqCtrHdr #container { width: 80%; /* this will create a container 80% of the browser width */ background: #FFFFFF; margin: 0 auto; /* the auto margins (in conjunction with a width) center the page */ border: 1px solid #000000; text-align: left; /* this overrides the text-align: center on the body element. */ } .oneColLiqCtrHdr #header { background: #DDDDDD; padding: 0 10px 0 20px; /* this padding matches the left alignment of the elements in the divs that appear beneath it. If an image is used in the #header instead of text, you may want to remove the padding. */ } .oneColLiqCtrHdr #header h1 { margin: 0; /* zeroing the margin of the last element in the #header div will avoid margin collapse - an unexplainable space between divs. If the div has a border around it, this is not necessary as that also avoids the margin collapse */ padding: 10px 0; /* using padding instead of margin will allow you to keep the element away from the edges of the div */ } .oneColLiqCtrHdr #mainContent { padding: 0 20px; /* remember that padding is the space inside the div box and margin is the space outside the div box */ background: #FFFFFF; } .oneColLiqCtrHdr #footer { padding: 0 10px; /* this padding matches the left alignment of the elements in the divs that appear above it. */ background:#DDDDDD; } .oneColLiqCtrHdr #footer p { margin: 0; /* zeroing the margins of the first element in the footer will avoid the possibility of margin collapse - a space between divs */ padding: 10px 0; /* padding on this element will create space, just as the the margin would have, without the margin collapse issue */ }