Currently it does this: <-->

Want it to do this: <--|-|-->

Meaning the core never gets smaller than say 900px, but the core stretches on forever if it's bigger than 900px. Note, currently it's a 3-column, and the sides are fixed, it's the center that grows.

It's also be cool if I could control the max flex: |<--|-|-->|

Meaning the page would not get smaller than 900x, but not larger than 1200px

...so, maybe none of this is possible, or it's crazy easy -- but I've searched high and low for an example, or CSS specs on how to do this, and no luck so far.



Thanks to Dave, I was able to find a solution... :-) ...thanks Dave!!

Example of code

#wrapper {
   width: 960px;
   width: expression(
      (document.documentElement.clientWidth > 962)? "960px" :
         (document.documentElement.clientWidth < 762)? "760px" :
   height: 1%;

-- OR here's the full HTML with inline JavaScript and CSS --

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
    <title>Example of max- and min-width</title>
    <!-- You should of course use external CSS-files, not inline as I use in this example... -->
    <style type="text/css">
      #content {
        border: 1px solid red; /* For clarity, remove at will */
        max-width: 960px; /* Corresponds to 1024 with scrollbars */
        min-width: 760px; /* Corresponds to 800 with scrollbars */
        margin: 0 auto; /* Center the block */
        width: 100%;

    <!--[if IE 6]>
    <style type="text/css">
      #content {
        height: 1%;
        width: 960px; /* Fallback width if javascript is off */
        width: expression(
          (document.documentElement.clientWidth > 962)? "960px" : 
            (document.documentElement.clientWidth < 762) ? "760px" : 

    <div id="content">
      <p>Example Content...</p>


SOURCE: Friendly Bit, Min-width and Max-width template

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1 Answer 1


Correct me if I got you wrong, but it seems you are looking for min-width and max-width properties.

  • 2
    you are not wrong.. that is what he is looking for :) Commented Nov 1, 2010 at 22:35
  • Cool, thanks... :-) ...you ROCK!! (+1 and selected as answer)
    – blunders
    Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 0:07
  • @Gaby: Thanks for the added confirmation, and the laugh... +1 ...cheers!
    – blunders
    Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 0:08
  • I'm glad to help. Thank you all for commenting and voting up :) Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 4:01
  • i think in your case its min-width. Be careful with fluid layouts. I would not build a layout that could stretch 1000%. I used to have multiple 30inch monitors, and if i opened a site in all of them that streched i would image it would get very weird. Maybe do a max-width:1920; ??
    – Frank
    Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 4:02

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