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Is there a way to get a nav container inside of a header container to fill 100% width of viewport?

Recently, I refactored some code to have mobile-first CSS -- a JavaScript-free drop-down navigation menu, in particular. Unfortunately, in the process I had to modify some HTML. I'm very happy with the mobile results but my desktop results now leave something to be desired, which is frustrating because I did have a somewhat nice desktop build (see example at http://samallen502.github.io, which represents my master branch, which I am hoping to commit my mobilefirst branch to after I resolve the mobilefirst branch's desktop nav/header issue).

For desktop, what I want is a responsive menu, with ul li #1 to be on the far left of the header and the other ul li to be on the far right of the header (similar to what you see at http://samallen502.github.io). For this, I am using flexbox. However, the ul are children of a nav, which has a header parent. Therefore, flexbox is working but not expanding to 100% width of the viewport, like I want .

Current index.html: https://github.com/samallen502/samallen502.github.io/blob/mobilefirst/index.html

Current main.css: https://github.com/samallen502/samallen502.github.io/blob/mobilefirst/css/main.css

Thanks for any help that anyone can provide. I understand that giving credit (discussion points) is important and will definitely do so.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,921 Points

The nav has the class "wrapper", which sets the max-width to 768 pixels. If you remove that setting, it will expand across the header.

Also, there appears to e only one ul inside the nav, not two. So the entireul becomes the right-most item of the flexbox.

The devil is always in the details! Thank you, Steven Parker! I am going to commit my changes tonight, then clean up the CSS code a bit more tomorrow.

As a side note, if you take another gander at my GitHub branch, you'll see I ended up commenting out nav ul li #1 because it was much easier to use .title (nav h1) for the leftmost side of my navigational menu (on the desktop layout); I'll have to get the font sizes to appear about the same (.title versus .menuOptions) but that should be simple enough.

Thanks again! This has been a huge help. My stress nosedived when I got your answer earlier today at work. It was a total "eureka" moment. :-)