works fine now but still a bit temperamental in ie6
i adjusted the nav bar list size and that seemed to help.
this is basically a two column layout (albeit with two header divs running across the top) which i created with a lot of help from glish.com. i have to be careful not to have too much content in the second column otherwise it collapses (in ie6). this is illustrated if you text zoom in that browser. does anybody know what can be done to prevent this?