DIV Container Does Not Expand to Include DIVs with Absolute Positioning


I imagine there is a simple solution, but it eludes me. If you look at this page you will see that only the header has a grey background. The grey background is set by the #container DIV which I would like to stretch down the entire height of the page:

#container {
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;
  background-color: #292929;
  width: 1200px;
  margin: 0 auto;

At the moment it is only stretching over the header section of the page, and the content below is not contained within it. I imagine that is because the main content in the #content DIV has absolute positioning, which I need in order to be able to do some animations on the positioning of this div (you can see this when you hover over the nav bar image):

#content {
    font-family: Lucida sans unicode !important;
    color: #CECBBB;
    text-align: justify;
    position: absolute;
    top: 210px;
    padding: 20px 40px;

From some research it would seem that DIVs with absolute positioning are not included in the height of parent DIVs, but I am not sure how to fix this.

I'd be grateful for some help.



If you need to have #content absolutely positioned (as you state in your question) then the best way to get the background you desire is to either put the background-color: #292929 on the #content itself (you will probably need to adjust some positioning and padding to eliminate any black).

However, if the animation is the submenu at the top that opens on hover, then I suggest setting both the menu and the content divs to position: relative, and instead of animating the top position of the #content (as your script appears to be doing), animate the height of the menu (have it zero as default and animate to something like 45px high [that's what firebug showed the height to be open]).