Page layout with CSS - Layers and CSS Positioning

In this article we will look at simple CSS positioning techniques, using absolute positioning and float to create a simple layout. We will take as a starting point the "Layer" functionality in Dreamweaver MX but move on to look at CSS positioning in an external style sheet, using a combination of the tools within Dreamweaver and handcoding to explore CSS layout techniques.

This article is suitable for those who have done some CSS within Dreamweaver or by hand for styling text and who want to explore CSS for layout, or who have used "Layers" in the past and would like to learn how to convert these into CSS in an external style sheet and still be able to work in Dreamweaver.
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Table of Contents:
  • CSS Layouts in Dreamweaver
    • Creating a layer
  • CSS Positioning in an External Style sheet
    • Moving the rules to an external style sheet
  • CSS Positioning Techniques
    • Float

Rachel Andrew

Rachel AndrewRachel Andrew is a trained dancer and singer, whose CV lists jobs as diverse as company choreographer for a physical theatre company to chargehand carpenter for “The Mousetrap” at St. Martin’s Theatre in London’s West End. After leaving the theatre when pregnant with her daughter, Rachel started to design sites mainly out of curiosity into how it worked. It didn’t take too long for her to figure out that her skills lay in development as opposed to design and these days she tends to leave the design to designers so she can concentrate on writing code, dismantling computers and installing Linux on anything that stays still long enough.

Rachel has worked in the industry as a webmaster, technical project manager and senior web developer but in September 2001 set up her own company ‘’, which provides complete web solutions and outsourced development services for design agencies and Internet start-ups who do not have in-house web developers.

As well as managing and doing much of the development on projects for Rachel is a published author and worked as a co-author on the following titles for Glasshaus:

Dynamic Dreamweaver MX ISBN:1904151108
Fundmental Web Design and development Skills: ISBN:1904151175
Dreamweaver MX Design Projects: ISBN:1904151272

Rachel is also a member of the Web Standards Project serving on The Dreamweaver Task Force.

In her spare time Rachel studies for ‘fun’ with the Open University, does family and local history research and spends time with her 5 year old daughter and her other half, Drew McLellan.

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