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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

Don’t you hate it when something eludes you for a long time?  And you spend lots of time trying to fix it?  You ask for help, get nowhere.  And then you just learn to live with it?  And it annoys you AT EVERY TURN and you STILL just let it sit, etching away at your sanity a few seconds at a time?

That’s how it’s been for me with this annoying piece of my blog – at some point after a ton of customization early on, my sidebar decided to display BELOW the post and comment form instead of where it belongs – (dramatic pause) ON THE SIDE.

blog wordpress theme div tag wrapping

This was so annoying I can’t even tell you.  I had asked a few friends about it too, over the past few months.  I was convinced it was either too many DIV tags or not enough DIV tags.  So I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME counting, recounting, and looking for tools that would tell me if I have too many nested tags, and then playing with the tools, and then forgetting about the whole dang thing.

The thing’s been like that for over a year.  GEWEEEEESH.

So recently, that same consultant who helped me with SharePoint pointed me in the direction of a nifty little tool called the IE Developer Toolbar.  And this tool pointed to what the problem was, which in my case was a simple error in pixels and the browser being forced to “wrap” the next section down a row.  So it’s not that I had the wrong tags at all – something in the middle column was too fat, so the sidebar was forced down.

Once I fixed that, I got a much better looking blog entry page:

div tag wrapping pixel fixed

I have more technical detail in the extended entry below for those interested.

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