I'm completely new to PHP and I'm using dreamweaver. I'll be displaying a list of names but I want its background to stretch as long as the list of names. Something like the middle portion of this site - http://library-online.org.uk
I can't really describe it well and I don't know what they're called exactly. Sorry and thank you in advance. :-/

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That should happen automatically. You need to use CSS to style borders. Have a look at border-radius: http://border-radius.com/

Otherwise you need to use a bottom and top image within the first and last tag. Some browsers support multiple backgrounds. Unsure how many at this point.