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CSS - Yet another rounded corner question

I know about Nifty Corners, et al. But ... can anyone tell me how to get this same effect of an expandable height box using images top and bottom and repeating for the main content area, that does not use a table for the content. I can't find a way to create space between the box edges and still get the background image to repeat all the way down, other than a table. Would love to see a table-less solution. Mine is not very elegant.
/* Relevant CSS From External Style Sheet   */
 
.rounded_corner_bottom {margin-top:0px;}
.copy table .first_col {padding:5px 4%;width:3%;}
.copy table .second_col {padding:5px 2% 5px 1%;width:94%; text-align:left;}
.copy table .button_row {padding:10px 6% 10px 1%;width:94%; text-align:right;}
 
.copy .radiotop {margin-bottom:0px;*margin-bottom:0;}
.copy .workshopicon {float:left; padding: 0 30px 8px 0; margin: -10px 0 0 0px;}
.copy .steelbluebody {background: url(../Images/Boxes/SteelBlue/1px.png) repeat-y; width: 478px;}
 
 
 
/* HTML for box   */
 
<div class="radiotop"><img src="../../../Assets/Images/Boxes/SteelBlue/top.png" /></div>
 
<table class="steelbluebody">
    <tr>
        <td class="first_col">&nbsp;</td>
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         </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
        <td class="first_col">&nbsp;</td>
        <td class="button_row"><a href="#live"><img src="../../../Assets/Images/Icons/info.png" /></a></td>
    </tr>        
</table>
 
<div class="rounded_corner_bottom"><img src="../../../Assets/Images/Boxes/SteelBlue/bottom.png" /></div>
 
 
 
/* Page link   */
 
Can' show you a live page yet. Example of what it looks like is attached as file. Thanks

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level9wizardCommented:
Try experimenting with 'position: absolute' and use 'left/right' and 'top/bottom' to place these divs. Remember, position absolute is based on the containing div (the parent div) so to treat it properly based on the container, the parent should be position:relative;
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David S.Commented:
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ksniderAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. I am going to play with this this afternoon. I think what is messing me up is using a 1 pixel image as the body of the box. If I used a background color and border, then I could use padding. The background image stops at the padding. I'll let you know and award points. Thanks for your responses.
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ksniderAuthor Commented:
So ... I guess what I was really asking, was how to put text over a background image without using a table. The answer talks about using a background color, which I understand. But is there a way to put text over a background image, so that it doesn't run to the edge of the image, without using a table to do it?
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David S.Commented:
Sure. Just use padding to push the text away from the edges of the box.
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ksniderAuthor Commented:
Kravimir- When I use padding, it pushes the background image too.
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David S.Commented:
It sounds like you're adding the padding to an ancestor of the element with the background image.
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ksniderAuthor Commented:
Hmmm. OK, let me try again and get back to you. If I can't get it to work, I'll put the code in so you can tell me what I am doing wrong, if you don't mind.
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