Ronpat, Paul . . .
It was definitely Explorer 8's Compatibility Mode. You guys are brilliant (I didn't even know there was such a feature in Explorer ). Ronpat, that tag was indeed inserted by vBulletin.
I have a new problem however, and I suspect it relates to the code-hostile IFRAME that EBay's auctions are shoved into. So first, a useful link that I have used to test how auction scripts will display in EBay. Don't ask me how I found it, but here (for the benefit of the Human Race) it is:
When you use this guy's testing box, be sure to only include the interior code
of your listing (ie. strip out all BODY, HEAD etc. tags since they interfere with the IFRAME your auction code is being placed into) -and- make sure you've turned off Explorer 8's Compatibility Mode
. Now, when I add Paul's excellent IEx Durability
code, and open the file in Explorer 8 it looks flawless.
But drop Paul's revised code --
<div style="margin: 33px 25px 0; background: BLACK; position: relative; zoom: 1.0">
<img style="position: absolute; top: -33px; right: -33px; width: 512px; height: 512px;"
<div align="center" style="padding: 30px 30px 30px 30px;">
<img style="background-color: WHITE; padding: 15px 15px 15px 15px; width: 600px; height: 391px; display: block;"
<div style="background-repeat: repeat; background-image: url(http://blog.thornyeternity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/tile-arabesques-light.jpg);">
<div align="center" style="padding-top: 35px; padding-bottom: 35px; text-align: center; display: block;">
<img style="background-color: WHITE; padding: 25px 25px 25px 25px; border: 10px dotted BLACK; width: 800px; height: 385px;"
-- into the EBay Code Tester box, and you'll get a warning about "position: absolute" . . . and the white padding around the two centered images disappears.
This is a somewhat long-winded way of asking if there is any IFRAME hack for achieving an IMG equivalency to position: absolute . . . without using position: absolute? Thanks again guys.