thank you for your help & suggestions, Ralph..
the thing is, I'm a developer and I need to learn to make things work in IE 7 & 8...;-) I've always been very good with cross-browser/IE stuff, but this is cross-browser on a different level.......;-o
this is the site I've been using as example for responsive design...
www.bostonglobe.com.. they support all the way from IE6 to the devices, they also support noscript and have print stylesheets.. it's friggin' amazing, they support everything.....;-)
I actually also did you suggest, namely just use a style sheet for IE.. (I guess should be for IE8 & older, yes?)
so I also tested these in IE at the library yesterday..
IE would just not load the stylesheet that I have in the conditional, for example
<font face='Courier New'><!--[if IE]>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/ie_paper.css">
and if you use HTML5 tags like <section>, <article>, etc.. just doing a styleshseet for IE 7 & 8 won't cut it...right?? that's where modernizr comes in, yes?