no, that's not what I mean Johnny.
let me try to explain.
i thought css worked like this (in this case):
a <tr> is defined with a green background
on top of it a <td> with a red background.
let's think of it as two layers, like in photoshop: green layer on bottom, red layer on top.
can i just remove the red layer when it's on top alredy?
Jeff: background-color:transparent doesn't work. It's somehow a fake transparent I get in IE:
in theory a <td> defined as transparent should show what's underneath it (the green <tr>). However, it is completely transparent, i.e. the background of the page shows through.