Fancybox modal problems in IE

Please visit www.mattcashatt.com.  This is a portfolio site I am putting together (still under construction, obviously).

In Internet Explorer, if you click on the mail icon at the top (to the left of the LinkedIn badge), you will get a modal with a contact form.  This form works just as it should in Firefox and Chrome, but I am having two problems in IE:

1- The form is not validating as it does in FF or Chrome.
2- The message input of the modal is directly over the LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook anchors/images and the cursor tries to access them when in the same space.  In other words, if I try to move the cursor over the message input (textarea) I get the pointer cursor rather than the text cursor and if I click in certain spots of the text area, the underlying anchor is executed rather than simply putting focus on the textarea (try it).

Is this a common IE problem?  Is there maybe a simple HTML work around?

Thanks,

Matt
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Bruce SmithSoftware Engineer IICommented:
I tested it on IE8 and it was accessing the links behind as you pointed out. So then I tested it in IE7 and that problem seems to not be an issue there. In IE7, it appeared to validate, but I'm not too sure what you mean by 'validate'. So anyways, try emulating the page for IE7 by adding the following tag anywhere inside the <header> section of your page and see if this little work-around doesn't solve your issues:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />

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mattcashattAuthor Commented:
Thanks patsmitty!  The meta tag worked for the anchor issue, but the validation issue is still a problem.  What I mean by that is, if you go to Chrome or FF and pull up the contact form, the form will automatically throw an error message if certain criteria are not met in each textarea as it loses focus.  For example, if you type in just one letter in the "name" input and then move onto the next input, you will get a popup telling you that "name" must contain at least three letters.  Same with an invalid e-mail address.  This isn't happening in IE.

You definitely deserve the points here, but I am hoping that you have some insight into the validation problem as well??
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mattcashattAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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Bruce SmithSoftware Engineer IICommented:
Thank you... I'll check that out a bit later today and see what's happening (or not happening :) ). What is doing the validating? Javascript I'm assuming?
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mattcashattAuthor Commented:
Thanks!

I posted a separate question about that topic that you may find more helpful.  Please see this link:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/AJAX/Q_25553376.html
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Bruce SmithSoftware Engineer IICommented:
Actually - I see what's going on here. You're showing the 'contact.php' page in your pop-up. So I'll need to see your contact.php page and whatever associated classes/scripts/pages to identify what the problem might be. It works for the message body section just fine in IE, but the name and email address do not validate. So it's probably a small fix. You can email them to me ( psmith@patsmitty.com ) or you can post them here. Whatever you feel comfortable with.

-cheers
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