3 pixel bug fix for Internet Explorer 6

15th January 2009

3px Bug

3px Bug Fixed!


This one has been covered many times over the past few years but it has never been shown on CSSplay, so I though that if anyone has been having problems recently with their three variable width columns, float left and right with a center fill, I should post this solution.

The problem only occurs in IE6 so if you are viewing in any other browser you will not see the vertical gaps either side of the center column in the first box.

The gapping is just 3 pixels wide and no matter what margins you set this will not be closed.

The answer is to give the left and right columns a style of display:inline and apply a right margin of -3px to the left column and a left margin of -3px to the right column.

Finally you need to apply a left and right margin to the center column that is 3px narrower than the left and right columns.


You may use this method on your personal 'non-profit' web site without seeking my permission. A link back to CSSplay is always appreciated.

Commercial usage is also permitted without seeking approval, but I would ask that a donation is considered to support my work on CSSPlay.

If you are having problems integrating any of my demonstrations into your website then I now offer a service to fault find and correct any errors that you may have introduced. Please email me for more information.

Please Support CSS play

Please note that if your donation is for a demo/menu then you will need to email me with the url of the demo/menu after making the donation

For more CSS demonstrations I recommend that you visit the Dynamic Drive CSS Library.

Free, practical CSS menus, layouts, and examples

Soft Geometry Creative Industries

Soft Geometry Creative Industries
is a music-based design company located in Bristol UK.
I create artwork for albums, singles, posters and t-shirts.
My work is influenced by punk and post-punk poster and flyer design,
lo-fi photocopy aesthetics,
Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko.

I can provide a start to finish service with my own art and photography, put together work from images provided by yourself, and collaborate on an idea.

Follow CSS play

Facebook   Twitter   Facebook Fan Page