So, I’ve stripped out the unnecessary div’s (with the exception of the very bottom one that draws my bottom border) and have lightened my css files. The problem is still there. Strangest – thing – ever.
I know it’s got to be something simple, but my files validate, and my margins and padding are zeroed out. Any other suggestions?
(BTW -the reason I want the html background declared is so that the bottom of my page is dark brown when it is smaller than the browser window. Since I have eliminated that declaration you see it is just the background image repeating, and I wind up with a bottom border "stripe" rather than a nice dark region.)