thank you TheDoc,I did what you recommended defining this with the “div=id”, and removed the border-top on my footer as jkinney768 suggested. These worked as temporary work arounds, however on another forum I’ve found that likely the issue has to do with the inability of IE 8 to see HTML5. The solution that was recommended to me was to use something called the HTML5shim/shiv (located @ http://code.google.com/p/html5shiv/). After reviewing a bit more it seems that this indeed would solve my various IE spawned design issues (such as the transparency value not being read) However I have no idea how to insert the HTML5shim into my code. Even after downloading the file and reading the readme I’m still quite confused. If anyone would be capable of providing me a step-by-step geared towards newbies at how to do so I would be very much appreciative.