Can anyone figure out what I'm doing incorrectly? My 3 column layout displays fine in IE7, but not in the other browsers. The first column doesn't seem to recognize the header & moves up too far into the header. I've been learning CSS & HTMl from books & been making steady progress, but am not sure how to solve this problem.

Hi, can you please link to the page, or provide code? Without it, I can't even guess what is going wrong. I would suspect that there is a coding error that is causing it to malfunction (appearing to work) in IE7, and standards compliant browsers are ignoring the bad code instead. Look for errors with the Firefox Web Developer toolbar.

Hi:
Sorry for the code omission! Here's the css - any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

body {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	background: url(c:/documents and settings/hp_owner/my documents/the shamanic vine website/images/shoppingcartbackground.jpg);
  	background-repeat: no-repeat;
	font-family: Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	font-size: 100%;
	color: #E6FFE6;
}

#wrap {
	margin: 0 0;
	padding: 0px;
	max-width: 1200px;
	min-width: 600px:
}

h1 {
	text-align: center;
	letter-spacing: 1px;
	font-size: 1.4em;
}

h2 {
	letter-spacing: .75px;
	font-size: 1.2em;
}
h1, h2, h3, p, ol, ul {
	margin-top: 0;
}

h1, h2, h3 {
	font-family: "Times New Roman", "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

p, dl, blockquote {
	list-style: none;
}

ul {
	list-style: none;
}

a {
	color: #E6FFE6;
}

a:hover {
	text-decoration: underline;
  color: #E6FFE6;
}



/* Header */
#header {
  background: url("http://www.shamansvine.com/images/poweranimalheader.jpg");
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
}

/* menu across the top */
#menu {
	float: right;
}

#menu ul {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0px 10px 0 0;
	list-style: none;
}

#menu li {
	display: inline;
}

#menu a {
	float: right;
	width: 75px;
	height: 35px;
	margin: 167px 0 10px 2px;
	padding: 5px 0 0 0;
	text-decoration: none;
	text-align: center;
	letter-spacing: 0px;
	font-size: .85em;
	font-weight: bold;
	color: #E6FFE6;
	border-left: 1px solid #E6FFE6;
}

#menu a:hover {
  text-decoration: underline;
  color: #E6FFE6;
}

/* Content */
#content {
  padding: 15px;
}

#colOne {
	float: left;
	width: 18%;
	padding: 30px 5px 10px 0px;
	font-weight: bold;
  	text-align: center;
	color: #570099;
}

#colTwo {
	float: left;
	width: 58%;
	padding: 1em 1em 1em 1em;
  	background: #e6ffe6;
	color: #00842B;
}

#colTwo h1 {
	font-size: 1.5em;
}

#colTwolarge {
	float: left;
	width: 78%;
	padding: 1em 1em 1em 1em;
  	background: #e6ffe6;
	color: #00842B;
}

#colThree {
	float: right;
	width: 18%;
	padding: 30px 5px 10px 0px;
	font-weight: bold;
	text-align: left;
}



/* Search */

#searchform {
	padding: 0px 10px 5px 0;
	text-align: right;
}

#searchform br {
	display: none;
}

#searchform input {
	color: #00842B;
	margin-bottom: 5px;
}

#searchform #s {
	width: 150px;
}

/* Footer */

#footer {
	border: 1px green;
	float: left;
	width: 100%;
	clear: both;
	text-align: center;
}

#footer p {
	margin: 0;
	text-align: center;
}

Can you post the HTML as well? I can reconstruct the page to see what's going on, but I need the complete code.

Can you post the HTML as well? I can reconstruct the page to see what's going on, but I need the complete code.

Sorry! I'm new to posting on DaniWeb, learning what & how to do it. Here's the html - hope I'm doing this right!

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Wicca Store Pagan Books Tarot Decks Crystals Reiki New Age The Shamanic Vine</title>
<meta name="keywords" content="wicca, pagan, metaphysical, occult, new age, newage, angels, auras, chakras, witchcraft, supplies, wiccan, incense, incense cones, incense sticks, jewelry, rings, bracelets, gifts, cauldron, candles, candle holder, dragons, fairy, wizard, pentacle, pendants, herbs, stones, gems, rocks, crystals, tumbled stones, crystal healing, generators, vogel crystal, quartz, lemurian seed, tibetan quartz, lithium quartz, phantom crystals, quartz clusters, pyramids, hearts, stars, sacred geometry, herkimer diamond, double-terminated, mineral inclusions, record-keepers, crystal balls, reiki, shaman, tarot, tarot deck, oracle, fortune telling, psychic, psychic readings, rune, runes, book, books, astrology, egyptian, scarab, ankh, lamps, spheres, fossils, essential oils, magic, magick, magickal, meditation music, sandalwood, aloeswood, agarwood, aromatherapy, diffusers, censors, censers, teeshirts, pendulums, organic herbs, wicca supplies, pagan supplies, occult supplies, indian, native american, sage, charcoal" />
<meta name="description" content="The Shamanic Vine is a metaphysical book store for all paths: Wicca, Pagan, Buddhist, Shamanic, New Age selection of titles, incense, candles, wiccan tools, statues, symbolic jewelry, gifts, ceremonial, ritual objects, tarot cards, crystals, wands, pendulums, philosophy, holistic" />
<link href="default.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" />
</head>
<body>
{
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	background: url(c:/documents and settings/hp_owner/my documents/the shamanic vine website/images/shoppingcartbackground.jpg);
  	background-repeat: no-repeat;
	font-family: Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	font-size: 100%;
	color: #E6FFE6;
}
<!-- start header -->
<div id="header">
<p><a href="poweranimalheader.jpg">
<img border="0" src="http://www.shamansvine.com/images/poweranimalheader.jpg" alt="poweranimalheader" STYLE="position:absolute; top:0px; left:0px; z-index:-1" width="1200" height="328" /></a></p>
	
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OK, so... how is it supposed to look, exactly? I see a page with a header image, navigation, and three columns, etc. I suspect that there should be a background image or color on the page? Also, the first column seems to be too high up on the page. I think you need a bit of cleanup on the CSS front. If it's OK with you, I will write a simple 3 column layout and link you to the CSS?

OK, so... how is it supposed to look, exactly? I see a page with a header image, navigation, and three columns, etc. I suspect that there should be a background image or color on the page? Also, the first column seems to be too high up on the page. I think you need a bit of cleanup on the CSS front. If it's OK with you, I will write a simple 3 column layout and link you to the CSS?

Hi:

The background image is in the body section of the css. Looking at the css page, I think I have the 3 column layout coded correctly, but am not sure. The first column shouldn't move up into the header. The other 2 columns are positioned properly. In looking at the html page, I think I have all the divs placed right. It probably does need some cleanup. If my website is viewed in Internet Explorer, it displays fine - www.shamansvine.com. Viewed in Firefox, Safari, or Opera the first column moves up into the header. I know that the different browsers are written differently, and so read the code according to their own rules, so I'm scratching my head trying to find a way to make the website view properly in all browsers. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Well, part of what you will want to do, is create a header div, a body div, and a footer div, and then place the columns relatively inside that area, with a clear-fix div below them. It's a bit tricky, but it's the only relatively standard way to do it right. What you're running in to is IE's broken box model, in other words, intuitively, your code is right, technically, it's not right. Other browsers are rendering it correctly, while IE renders it as you would first think it should. Unfortunately, this rendering also makes matters worse for more complex designs, hence the w3c's standard. I'll post some code later.

You can't reference an address on your own disk drive and expect that image to work when the page is uploaded. You have done this in your body css.