I have been working on this issue for some time now and have not found a satisfactory solution.
At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking having a fixed footer was a simple endeavor, but as I am finding out, ITS NOT!
Oh yes, there are an abundance of efforts toward this online, but I have yet to find one that WORKS properly in transitional mode.
When I say fixed footer, I mean just exactly what I say, a 'fixed footer' one that NEVER moves and must be compatible with at least IE6, IE7, and Mozilla/5.0.
The fixed aspect should be true regardless of browser window size and if the page content is too long for the wiewing area it should just extend down behing the footer.
I have managed to accomplish all this ....BUT with browser in quirks mode, and according to what I have been reading online, working in quirks mode is a BAD thing as each browser has its own approximation of the standards for presentation. In other words, IE6 tries to mimic IE5.5 and Mozilla tries to mimic Netscape 4 etc.
I am also aware that you can implement doctype switching, but this is no use either since the footer will be visible on every page, so there will be no scope for switching.
So, if anyone has a solution to this problem I would be extremely grateful for your assistance.