Using Alternative Positioning
In This Chapter
Setting position to absolute
Creating fixed and flexible layouts
Working with fixed and relative positioning
Using the new flexbox model
Floating layouts (described in Chapter 2 of this minibook) are the preferred way to set up page layouts today but, sometimes, other alternatives are useful. You can use absolute, relative, or fixed positioning techniques to put all your page elements exactly where you want them. Well, almost exactly. It's still web development, where nothing's exact. Because none of these alternatives are completely satisfying, the W3C (web standards body) has introduced a very promising new layout model called the flexbox model.
The techniques described in this chapter will give you even more capabilities when it comes to setting up great-looking websites.
Working with Absolute Positioning
Begin by considering the default layout mechanism. Figure 4-1 shows a page with two paragraphs on it. ...