Newbie needs help, gap in background color using IE8


I am new at designing web pages. I own several Sitepoint books.

The Sitebook that I am using to create a web page is
HTML Utopia Designing Without Tables Using CSS by Rachel Andrew and Dan Shafer.

I just finished creating a web page using Notepad. The XHTML and CSS both validate.

When I look at my web page live on Firefox everything looks fine.

When I look at the web page in IE 8 there is a gap in the background color right above the footer. The background color should be a light blue where the white background color appears using IE.

The website URL is

Please tell me how to eliminate the gap in the background color.

Thank you.


Hi newdesigner! Welcome to SitePoint. :slight_smile:

Probably your best option is to add the lines in red to your #main styles:

#main {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  width: 100%;
  font: 1em/1.2 Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
  [COLOR="Red"]background: #B0C4DE;
  overflow: hidden;[/COLOR]

That will ensure that if the sidebar is longer than the left had content, the blue background will still go all the way to the bottom. :slight_smile:

Hi Ralph,

Thank you for the welcome.

The additional two lines of CSS that you gave me worked perfectly! Thank you very much. Now I feel much happier about my work.

I hope that you won’t mind me asking you another question.

I was using IE8 to check the alt tags for the same web page, but when I place my mouse over the images nothing pops up. It use to when I used IE6. Is there a way to double check the alt tags using IE8?

I also can’t check the alt tags using Firefox.

All of the XHTML code validates for this web page.

Thank you very much for helping me.


IE6 only behaves like that because it is a dud browser. Alt tags are not meant to show up like that. If you want that behavior, use a title tag. E.g.

<img height="130" width="200" [COLOR="Red"]title="sewn Bible book cover with handles dark blue"[/COLOR] alt="sewn Bible book cover with handles dark blue" src="resizedsewnfromtheheartbiblebookcoverdarkblue.jpg">

Hi, Ralph,

Thank you very much for answering my question. You have been very helpful to me.

I may have some more questions some day.

Thank you for your assistance.