Now on to business
I am an editor of our High School newspaper staff and am considered the "technology master". Someone created a web site for us and I was assigned to get it working. The design looked nice, but when I opened up the code for the web site, I was shocked and dismayed. Not only did it use tables and not css, but it wasn't even standard HTML and looked like crap on all browsers besides Internet Explorer 6. The original table layout can be found here.
So I made it my duty to convert it to proper HTML and not use any tables. I consider myself a decent coder and can make an average layout, but converting this layout to CSS proved harder than I imagined. I basically tried to merge this tutorial (how to make a fixed 2 column layout with header and footer) into this tutorial (how to make a rounded box). I used a lot of guess and check techniques. My attempts at the css layout can be found here.
As you can see, I have the general shape matched, but it still does not look nearly as good. The top nav bar needs some help, I don't know how to get it to look the same way. I also don't know how to make the footer look like the footer from the table layout nor can I get the nav column on the left side's background color to extend all the way to the bottom.
If you could help me to get my CSS layout to match the table layout (or even go above and beyond) I will be forever in your debt. I hope I have a good starting foundation, but if not, I'm willing to scrap it all and start over.
Thanks again so much for any help.