a little help for understanding might be Murray's answer to me, where he linked to an article where a lot of different illustrative presentations of browsers are collected. Thread was "bgcolour not showing up on web" http://forums.adobe.com/message/3041987#3041987,
Murray's answer was: Styling form tags is not so easy as each browser has a mind of its own. Here's an article about that -
maybe I didn't explain correctly. when I use dreamweaver's test in browser feature, they look fine. then when I upload them and visit the uploaded web site from another computer, it doesn't look the same as it did in the test. in fact, things such as alignment, spacing and the presence/absence of bullet points on my uls and ols is different. these are not stylistic changes but ones that ruin the entire set-up of the web site. also, in the four browsers that don't work properly, the mistakes are very consistant. the site looks virtually the same in opera, firefox, chrome, and safari, the problem is they consistantly don't match with the browser test.
That page did help me with a different issue though, thanks!
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Several things to check:
1) Make sure your links to images and CSS resources are correct. If anything is pointing to resources on your local hard drive, this could be an indicator that you have not properly defined your site in Dreamweaver and this can cause all sorts of issues in regards to links.
2) Make sure everything is uploaded correctly to your server (i.e. all your resources that your page uses should be uploaded to the server, like your images folder, your CSS stylesheet, etc.)
3) Make sure file permissions are correct on the server so that browsers can actually "read" your CSS file and images.
Hope this helps.
Helpful, but if any of this were wrong (and I double checked most of it), why would the page work on internet explorer. The permissions lead might work however. If you could give me an Idea of how to change permissions on a web server I would much appreciate it.