please help see what is wrong with my CSS

Please see the screenshot - I want to make a tabbed display box where you press button 1 you get one display message and the second tab button a different message which will be controlled by jquery later. I am having some problems with the CSS as the elements are not fitting where expected (they seem to be rising up.

Can someone please see what I am doing wrong.

thanks
<style type="text/css">

.tab_buttons li {
display:inline;
list-style:none;
float:left;
      }
#widget_mainbody {
height:10em;
width:22.1em;

}
      
</style>

<div class="contentframe">
<div id="tab_panel">
      <ol class="tab_buttons">
            <li><img src="image1,jpg"></li>
            <li><img src="image2.jpg"></li>
      </ol>
</div>
<div id="widget_mainbody">
      <img src="image3.jpg" />
</div>
<div id="cheque_instructions">
      sdfsdfsdfsdfsfdsdfsfsdfsdfsfdsdfsfdsfsdfsfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfdsf</a>
</div>
</div>
</div>
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jecommeraAuthor Commented:
Steve KrileCommented:
Very difficult to see your problem without the images you are using, but you had several typos in your HTML.  Here is your code without the typos.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
    <title>TEST</title>
    <style type="text/css">
        .tab_buttons li {
        display:inline;
        list-style:none;
        float:left;
              }
        #widget_mainbody {
        height:10em;
        width:22.1em;

        }

    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <div class="contentframe">
        <div id="tab_panel">
              <ol class="tab_buttons">
                    <li><img src="image1.jpg"></li>
                    <li><img src="image2.jpg"></li>
              </ol>
        </div>
        <div id="widget_mainbody">
              <img src="image3.jpg" />
        </div>
        <div id="cheque_instructions">
              sdfsdfsdfsdfsfdsdfsfsdfsdfsfdsdfsfdsfsdfsfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfdsf
        </div>
    </div>
</body>
</html>

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jecommeraAuthor Commented:
Hi,

Please find file attached.

thanks
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David S.Commented:
Your screenshot doesn't show very clearly what's wrong. In the future, it would be helpful to also include a picture of how you want it to look.

Perhaps what you're describing is the floated elements overlapping the top edge of "#widget_mainbody". The simplest way to prevent that is to give "clear:both" to "#widget_mainbody".
jecommeraAuthor Commented:
very sorry - I meant file with code attached.

(not being cheeky and referring to the screenshot :)

uploading again...
file.zip
jecommeraAuthor Commented:
The HTML in the attached file above is wrong so I have updated below.

<html>
      <head>
            <title>test</title>
            <style type="text/css">

#tab_panel {
margin:0; padding:0;
}

.tab_buttons {
      margin:0;padding:0;
}
.tabimages {
display:inline;
list-style:none;
float:left;
margin:0; padding:0;
      }
            
#widget_mainbody {
width:22em;
height:10em;
background:url("image7.jpg") no-repeat;
clear:both;  
}
      
#cheque_instructions {
            
      }
</style>
      </head>
      <body>

      

<div class="contentframe">
<div id="tab_panel">
      <ol class="tab_buttons">
            <li class="tabimages"><img src="image3.jpg" alt="image1"></li>
            <li class="tabimages"><img src="image4.jpg" alt="image2" ></li>
      </ol>
</div>
<div id="widget_mainbody">
      
</div>
<div id="cheque_instructions">
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</div>
</div>


      </body>
</html>
David S.Commented:
Does your page really not include a doctype? You should add one.

http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/14-choosing-the-right-doctype-for-your/
http://www.dynamicsitesolutions.com/html/document-types/

If after adding a doctype, you still have a problem, please try to explain it in more detail.
jecommeraAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I included the doctype but it makes no difference.
I have zipped up with the correct file.

regards,
file.zip
jecommeraAuthor Commented:
I think the main thing I am trying to do here is improve my CSS.
Can you please review the code and see if this is the best way to do it.
David S.Commented:
Giving "display:inline" to a floated element is only necessary to avoid IE6's doubled margin bug.

<div>s don't have margins or padding by default, so you may not need be setting them to 0 for "#tab_panel".

For elements that contain text, it's best to avoid setting fixed heights. I suggest you use a min-height instead.

It's generally best to apply styles as high up the tree as possible. In this case, that means it's better to give the list-style declaration to the list (".tab_buttons") instead of the list-items (".tabimages").

Also, I'd probably use an unordered-list (<ul>) instead of an ordered-list (<ol>).
jecommeraAuthor Commented:
Hi

Thanks very much for the helpful feedback this is exactly what I need.
There seems to be some space being applied pushing up the tabs from the main image also the main image seems to be pushing the text box down.

(screenshot attached from firefox) why is this happening?

thanks,
image1.jpg
David S.Commented:

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