master page doesn't regonize background in css

why doesn't my master page see this style sheet. this style sheet is declared in app_themse folder. if i just hard code the line below in master page, it will work fine but as soon as i put that line of code in css file, it stop working. please help

body {font-family:Arial; font-size:14px;background:url(images/navigations/test.png);}
StewSupportAsked:
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nishant joshiTechnology Development ConsultantCommented:
might your font will be good but you are facing with an issue with image,an i right?
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StewSupportAuthor Commented:
yes. the image just doesn't work.
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PaulHewsCommented:
In your CSS file, the images folder must be figured relative to the app_themes folder, rather than where whatever page you are on resides.  
Try this:
body {
    font-family:Arial; font-size:14px;background:url('../images/navigations/test.png');
}

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The .. brings you one level up, where hopefully you will find the images folder.  If not, then you have to figure where the path is relative to the folder that the CSS file lives.
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StewSupportAuthor Commented:
well the master is at the root then i have
mastert
images folder
......navi folder
.............image files


i added the ../ still doesn't work.
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StewSupportAuthor Commented:
code below will work fine if its just html file. but when copy and paste css to css file in apptheme folder in asp.net it stop working. ofcourse the path of the image is changed to correspond with the path of the asp.net web app

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
    <style type="text/css">
    .links {
    font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	display:block;
    background:url(test.png) center top no-repeat;
    height:98px;
    width:176px; 
    text-align:center;
    font-size:10pt;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    .links:hover {
    background:url(test2.png) center top no-repeat;
    }
    </style>
</head>

<body>
<a href="#" class="links"></a>
</body>
</html>

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StewSupportAuthor Commented:
ok i pasted in http://localhost/images/test.png and it works fine so what would be the correct path for the image. i tried ../images/test.jpg and /images/test.jpg and images/test.jpg  and it just doesn't work
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PaulHewsCommented:
StewSupport,
well the master is at the root then i have
mastert
images folder
......navi folder
.............image files


i added the ../ still doesn't work.

Where exactly is the CSS file located?
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StewSupportAuthor Commented:
mastert
images folder
......navi folder
.............image files
app_themes
......nav
.............nav.css
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PaulHewsCommented:
So you see from nav.css you have to go up two levels to get to the root...  So use:

body {
    font-family:Arial; font-size:14px;background:url('../../images/navigations/test.png');
}
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StewSupportAuthor Commented:
really wow? wouldn't the ../ does the trick? or ~/ tells it to go to root?
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PaulHewsCommented:
See:
Absolute and Relative Paths
http://brugbart.com/Articles/paths

wouldn't the ../ does the trick? or ~/ tells it to go to root?

You can't use tilde (~) which is mapped using page behind code.  CSS does not recognize or run this code.  

You can specify a root with a preceding /  

background:url('/images/navigations/test.png');

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 ... But it might not be a good idea to if you ever plan to run the code in a virtual directory, so you would be limiting how you can deploy the application.  The relative path mentioned is probably the safest and most portable option.
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