Part of me wants to break down barriers, set people free and make the world a better place. A bigger part of me wants to sit on the sofa, drink tea and play through old Nintendo games.
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29/04/06 : Before the first post ...
So . . . I do the sidebar. Set it to float:left so that the main area with the actual posts wraps neatly around it. Write a test post, publish. Discover that the main area gets forced below the sidebar. Check the template. Browser specific CSS positioning problems? Can't see any. Make a few alterations. Republish. Discover that the main area gets forced below the sidebar. Get cross. View source of published page. Discover that blogger has wrapped each post in a <div style="clear: both;"> tag. Did I ask them to do this? No! Is it part of the template where I can remove it? NO!
So . . . I re-write the template with absolutely positioned div tags (which needs adjusting about five times as different browsers render it slightly differently). Stuck with a big left margin for the main area once you get below the sidebar, but it'll do.
div style="clear: both;" I tell you! Bastards!
UPDATE (a little later)
Discover the option "Enable float alignment" on the formatting page. Turn it off.
So . . . I rewrite template so it's how it was to start with . . .
UPDATE (much, much later)
Get rid of sidebar altogether (new streamlined layout, looks better on small screens).