Also, when trying to get the column color to flow to the bottom of the page, I thought adding height: 100%; to the left nav bar would do it, especially after I found this page saying I needed to add that code to the body too. I was so excited. But after implementing, no dice. No effect, as far as I can see.
3 p.m. update. Okay, an hour and a half later, I think I know a way that'll work for a center column, but I don't think it will for a float left column. And the other solution people suggest seems to be tiling a background image vertically, which I guess I'll try if no one can suggest something better. Which means making a background image? Oof. In any case, I'm going to stop for today, I think, and go back to the reading and syllabus prep. (I've finished the excellent Asian American Dreams history text, and am moving on to another theory book...I need a break from coding. Something nice and simple, like post-colonial crit, where one thing generally does follow logically from the another...
4:15 update. Jed figured out how I broke the live feed, and fixed the .floatright. Yay, Jed!
I'm planning on a nice little graphic under the top nav bar, btw, if you're wondering what that space is for. Some kind of mehndi pattern, repeating in the same green as the left nav bar. I bought a book/CD of Indian royalty-free patterns, which will arrive on Wednesday; I'm looking forward to that. I imagine I'll be wanting such patterns for flyer/poster/etc. design in the future, which helped justify buying it. Although it was pretty cheap, too. Yay, Dover Publishing.