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    Position of Navigtion Bars (Office 2000)

    This is probably going to sound crazy but I have developed a website for my boss, and originally had the Navigation Bars at the top (horizontal postion) of the page. He decided he would rather have them on the side - vertically. So, I changed to vertical and now he is complaining because they are all up at the top of the page. We would like to move them so that they are about in the middle of the left side of each page.

    I am not, you can tell, a really experienced Front Page user and cannot figure out how to make that happens. It looks as though the program gives two options, horizontal at top or bottom and vertical - and if it's vertical the program seems to place them at the top and you are stuck with them? Does anyone know if there is a work around for this?

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    Re: Position of Navigtion Bars (Office 2000)

    I believe that you are talking about Shared Borders and the thing about Shared Borders is that they are fixed in position. As you have discovered. Navigation Bars can be inserted anywhere. So for the placement in the "middle of the page" that you are looking for, I would place the page's contents in a table and insert a nav bar in a the appropriate cell in the table.
    <table border=1><td>-page contents</td><td>empty cell</td><td>page contents</td><td>navigation bar</td><td>page contents</td><td>empty cell</td>
    </table>
    Of course, you'd make your table borders = 0 and there you go.
    Now, to the question that you haven't explicity asked - but that I am anticipating.
    "Yeah", you say - "sure the navigation border is in the middle of the page, but it scrolls out of view as I scroll down the page. How do I fix that?"

    And the answer is you can and can't. One method is to use CSS. Unfortunately, the "float" property in CSS is not recognized by all browsers. I think Netscape 6.2 and Opera 6.0 are the only ones that are using it properly right now. Translation: You spend a lot of time tweaking this, only to have your boss check it with an old version of IE - and they tell you your page is broken. (don't get me wrong I LOVE CSS and can hardly wait till everything works in all browsers <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> I know I'll be a <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25> old lady by then). Or you can use a Java script to do this - again you run the risk of leaving part of your audience without the effect. I'd start by researching what browsers my audience is using and then I'd decide how much I care.

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    Re: Position of Navigtion Bars (Office 2000)

    Thanks for what I think is a really good idea. However, today I convinced him that most people want the navigation bar where they don't have to look for it, so he has agreed to keep it at the top. As far as who our audience is, it is going to be just about anyone looking for an attorney in our area, and anyone looking for an attorney who specializes in elder law in our area so it is going to be difficult to pin down what they are using.

    Thanks again, though, as I am going to save this tip - I know it will come up again.

    My other comment on this subject is that Microsoft never surprises me - they always do something to lock one in that you just find out you have to live with or forget it.

    I have another problem with this thing that I am going to post separately.

    Thanks again - much!

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