Can you use repeat when using the css 2.1 "content: url"?

I need to stretch an image across the entire background of a website regardless of resolution and screen size.  I came across the following article: http://nicolasgallagher.com/multiple-backgrounds-and-borders-with-css2/.  Here is the problem, if I go this route, can I use repeat when I use "content: url(.......)" like "content: url(........) repeat-x"?  If this is not the approach to use, could you please provide me with alternative approaches.  I have found several examples, but they seem to be rather complex.  any help would be greatly appreciated.  If this helps, it needs to be cross-browser.
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David S.Commented:
No, using the content property is more like adding an <img> element than a background image.

However, you can apply a background image to a ":before" pseudo-element. This does not work in IE7 though.
selector:before {
	content: '\A0'; /* non-breaking space character */
	display: block;
	width: 100%;
	height: 50px;
	background: url(example.png) repeat-x;
}

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s8webCommented:
Here's an alternative approach that might interest you. I use this type of thing for login pages.

http://s8web.com/ee/bgimgscale/ 
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