How do I get a floating footer to stick to the bottom of the viewport in IE 6?


Tags: javascript,css,internet-explorer-6,sticky-footer

Problem :

I know this would be easy with position:fixed, but unfortanately I'm stuck with supporting IE 6. How can I do this? I would rather use CSS to be clean, but if I have to use Javascript, that's not the end of the world. In my current implementation I have a "floating footer" that floats above the main content area and is positioned with Javascript. The implementation I have right now is not particular elegant even with the Javascript, so my questions are:

  1. Is there a way to do this without Javascript?
  2. If I have to use Javascript, are there any "nice" solutions to this floating footer problem? By "nice" I mean something that will work across browsers, doesn't overload the browser's resources (since it will have to recalculate often), and is elegant/easy to use (i.e. it would be nice to write something like new FloatingFooter("floatingDiv")).

I'm going to guess there is no super easy solution that has everything above, but something I can build off of would be great.

Finally, just a more general question. I know this problem is a big pain to solve, so what are other UI alternatives rather than having footer content at the bottom of every page? On my particular site, I use it to show transitions between steps. Are there other ways I could do this?



Solution :

This may work for you. It works on IE6 and Firefox 2.0.0.17 for me. Give it a shot. I made the footer's height very tall, just for effect. You would obviously change it to what you need. I hope this works for you.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<title>Liquid Footer</title>
    <style type="text/css">
    .footer {
background-color: #cdcdcd;
height: 180px;
text-align: center;
font-size:10px;
color:#CC0000;
font-family:Verdana;
padding-top: 10px;
width: 100%;
position:fixed;
left: 0px;
bottom: 0px;
}
    </style>
    <!--[if lte IE 6]>
    <style type="text/css">
    body {height:100%; overflow-y:auto;}
    html {overflow-x:auto; overflow-y:hidden;}
    * html .footer {position:absolute;}
    </style>
    <![endif]-->
</head>

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</html>


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