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Evan Modiste
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Evan Modiste
Courses Plus Student 6,131 Points

I am having a problem loading a background-image with hardcover book dimensions to the left of an article I wrote.

HELP!

I am trying to replicate this style, but with an image link to my PDF article: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/sanfran

<!-- BEGINNING OF ARTICLE SELECTIONS -->

            <div class="primary-content col">  
                <a href="../img/Prototype.jpg" target="_blank"></a>

            </div>
            <div class="secondary-content col">
                <span class="title">TITLE: <i>Prototyping: Killing Ideas 'Til They Thrive</i></span>
                <h5>Date: April 2015</h5>
                <p>Every disruptive technology starts with a prototype. The design firm, IDEO, who created the one-button mouse for Apple says, "fail early to succeed sooner". Prototyping is important, and its value can be revealed in three key points: the customer, the environment, and the bottom line.</p>
            </div>
/* CSS RULES */
.col {
   display: inline-block;
    margin-right: -5px;
    vertical-align: top;
}

.primary-content {
    width: 20%;
    background-image: image(../img/Prototype.jpg);
    background-size: cover;
}

.secondary-content {
    width: 80%;
}

2 Answers

Hi Evan,

You have a typo in your background-image property. The value should be url(../img/Prototype.jpg). Also, you need to have a height property in the .primary-content div in order for the background-image to display. You can change the dimensions using the background-size property (instead of setting it to cover). You might also want to use background-repeat: no-repeat.

.primary-content {
    width: 20%;
    height: 100px;
    background-image: url(../img/Prototype.jpg);
    background-size: cover;
}
Evan Modiste
PLUS
Evan Modiste
Courses Plus Student 6,131 Points

Thank you larryw,

Super helpful. I can now drop images in to the desired location through CSS. The height property filled my no-show issue. The url(../img/Prototype.jpg); is still giving me problems, but that is a file location error. Thanks very much larryw!

  • Evan