IE Spacing

Hello,

Please look at http://www.villageairportvan.com/new_main.htm in FireFox (Version 10). This layout is exactly what I want.

Now look at the same page in IE (Version 8). Note the discrepancies.

I realized that one of the issues was the vertical separation between the menu bar item on the left. If you look at the code, there is a "spacer" of fixed height of 14 pixels between the bars. In FireFox, it is 14 px. In IE it is 19 px.

The image spacer.gif is 1 x 1 transparent gif.

I realize that my "old fashioned" way (not css) of doing this may not be politically correct, but why can't IE render a 14 px height image as 14 instead of 19?

How can I fix this?

PS - I tried making a php version that recognizes the browser & sets the height to 11 for IE. IE still renders it as 19.
Richard KortsAsked:
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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
First, your DOCTYPE is incomplete so IE is rendering in 'Quirks' mode instead of 'Standards' mode.  This is the complete version:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
   "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

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In addition, if you are going to use all images, you might as well make it just one big image.  It will load much quicker than all those small ones and won't get unaligned.
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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dave, the Doctype cleared up 99% of it.

I need to concentrate on that. You guys are getting a LOT of points because I don;t.

The reason I can't have ONE image is I have to have mouseover effects on some of the component images (not shown yet).
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can still make the constant image a back ground that is always there and put the mouseovers on top of that.  Really, fewer is better.
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