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I had a website that was made for me a while back. I am trying to update the info. I am doing my best to make changes to the code. It renders fine in all the major browsers except IE. This page in particular does not work, http://brighteyedcomputer.com/test/site/contact . The fond size gets progressively larger as it goes down the page.

this is the code for the html doc


<!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">
<!-- DW6 -->
<head>
<!-- Copyright 2005 Macromedia, Inc. All rights reserved. -->
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>Bright-Eyed Computer</title>
<meta name="keywords" content="computer, repair, computer repair, networking, spyware removal, upgrading, Hardware installation, web design, website design, Rochester, Minnesota, MN" />
<meta name="description" content="A computer repair business based in Rochester, Minnesota that specializes in general computer repair, upgrades, networking, Operating system installation, and web site design." />
<meta name="ROBOTS" content="ALL"/>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="emx_nav_left2.css" type="text/css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="wind.js"></script>
</head>
<body>
<div class="skipLinks">skip to: <a href="#content">page content</a> | <a href="#pageNav">links on this page</a> | <a href="#globalNav">site navigation</a> | <a href="#siteInfo">footer (site information)</a> </div>
<div id="masthead">


<img src="header.jpg" alt="" /></div>

<!-- end masthead -->
<div id="pagecell1">
<!--pagecell1-->
<img alt="" src="tl_curve_white.gif" height="6" width="6" id="tl" /> <img alt="" src="tr_curve_white.gif" height="6" width="6" id="tr" />


<div id="pageNav">
<div id="sectionLinks"> <a href="index.html">Home</a> <a href="virus.html">Virus/Spyware Removal</a> <a href="price.html">Computer Repair</a> <a href="price.html">Pricing</a><a href="contact.html">Contact Us</a></div>
</div> <div id="content">
<div class="feature">
<h3>Come See Us!</h3>
<h2>832 7th St NW, Rochester, MN (next to the Ye Olde Butcher Shop) <h2>
<h3>Call Us Today! </h3>
<h2>(507)252-0334<h2>
<h3>Send Us An Email! </h3>
<h2><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> <h2>
<h3><b>Business Hours:</b></h3>
<h2>9AM(We start answering the phone at 8AM) to 6PM Monday Through Friday</h2>
<h2>10AM to 3PM Saturday</h2>
<h2><b>Please call anytime, anyday! We do our best to answer phones and provide service after hours</b></h2>
</div>
<div class="story"></div>

</div>
<div id="siteInfo"><center><a href="about.html">About Us</a> | <a href="javascript:na_open_window('win', 'privacy.html', 0, 0, 400, 400, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)">Privacy Policy</a> | <a href="contact.html">Contact Us</a> | <a href="javascript:na_open_window('win', 'code.htm', 0, 0, 400, 400, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)">Coding Rights</a> | ©2006 Bright-Eyed Computer</center> </div>
</div>
<!--end pagecell1-->
<br />

</body>
</html>

this is the css doc it uses:


/***********************************************/
/* emx_nav_left.css */
/* Use with template Halo_leftNav.html */
/***********************************************/

/***********************************************/
/* HTML tag styles */
/***********************************************/
body{
line-height: normal;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
width: auto;
height: auto;
float: inherit;
clear: both;
font-variant: normal;
background-color: #00CCFF;
margin-top: 10px;
}

/******* hyperlink and anchor tag styles *******/

a:link, a:visited{
color: #005FA9;
text-decoration: none;
}

a:hover{
text-decoration: underline;
}

/************** header tag styles **************/

h1{
font: bold 120% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #334d55;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
}

h2{
font: bold 114% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #006699;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
}

h3{
font: bold 100% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #334d55;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
}

h4{
font: 100% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #333333;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
}

h5{
font: 100% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #334d55;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
}


/*************** list tag styles ***************/

ul{
list-style-type: square;
left: auto;
font: bold 120% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #334d55;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
}

ul ul{
list-style-type: disc;
}

ul ul ul{
list-style-type: none;
}

/********* form and related tag styles *********/

form {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
}

label{
font: bold 1em Arial,sans-serif;
color: #334d55;
}

input{
font-family: Arial,sans-serif;
}

/***********************************************/
/* Layout Divs */
/***********************************************/
#pagecell1{
position:absolute;
top: 253px;
left: 20px;
right: 2%;
width:95.6%;
background-color: #ffffff;
}

#tl {
position:absolute;
top: -1px;
left: -1px;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
z-index: 100;
}

#tr {
position:absolute;
top: -1px;
right: -1px;
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;
z-index: 100;
}

#masthead{
/*position: absolute;*/
top: 0px;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
width:656px;
height: 158px;
border-top-color: #00CCFF;
border-bottom-color: #00CCFF;
background-color: #00CCFF;
border-color: #00CCFF;
outline-color: #00CCFF;

}

#pageNav{
float: left;
width:178px;
padding: 0px;
background-color: #F5f7f7;
border-right: 1px solid #cccccc;
border-bottom: 1px solid #cccccc;
font: small Verdana,sans-serif;
}

#content{
padding: 0px 10px 0px 0px;
margin:0px 0px 0px 178px;
border-left: 1px solid #ccd2d2;
}


/***********************************************/
/* Component Divs */
/***********************************************/
#siteName{
margin: 0px;
padding: 16px 0px 8px 0px;
color: #ffffff;
font-weight: normal;
}

/************** utility styles *****************/

#utility{
font: 75% Verdana,sans-serif;
position: absolute;
top: 16px;
right: 0px;
color: #919999;
}

#utility a{
color: #ffffff;
}

#utility a:hover{
text-decoration: underline;
}

/************** pageName styles ****************/

#pageName{
padding: 0px 0px 14px 10px;
margin: 0px;
border-bottom:1px solid #ccd2d2;
}

#pageName h2{
font: bold 175% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #000000;
margin:0px;
padding: 0px;
}

#pageName img{
position: absolute;
top: 0px;
right: 6px;
padding: 0px;
margin: 0px;
}

/************* globalNav styles ****************/

#globalNav{
position: relative;
width: 100%;
min-width: 640px;
height: 32px;
color: #cccccc;
padding: 0px;
margin: 0px;
background-image: url(glbnav_background.gif);
}

#globalNav img{
margin-bottom: -4px;

}

#gnl {
position: absolute;
top: 0px;
left:0px;
}

#gnr {
position: absolute;
top: 0px;
right:0px;
}

#globalLink{
position: absolute;
top: 6px;
height: 22px;
min-width: 640px;
padding: 0px;
margin: 0px;
left: 10px;
z-index: 100;
}


a.glink, a.glink:visited{
font-size: small;
color: #000000;
font-weight: bold;
margin: 0px;
padding: 2px 5px 4px 5px;
border-right: 1px solid #8FB8BC;
}

a.glink:hover{
background-image: url(glblnav_selected.gif);
text-decoration: none;
}

.skipLinks {display: none;}

/************ subglobalNav styles **************/

.subglobalNav{
position: absolute;
top: 84px;
left: 0px;
/*width: 100%;*/
min-width: 640px;
height: 20px;
padding: 0px 0px 0px 10px;
visibility: hidden;
color: #ffffff;
}

.subglobalNav a:link, .subglobalNav a:visited {
font-size: 80%;
color: #ffffff;
}

.subglobalNav a:hover{
color: #cccccc;
}

/*************** search styles *****************/

#search{
position: absolute;
top: 5px;
right: 10px;
z-index: 101;
}

#search input{
font-size: 70%;
margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;
}

#search a:link, #search a:visited {
font-size: 80%;
font-weight: bold;

}

#search a:hover{
margin: 0px;
}


/************* breadCrumb styles ***************/

#breadCrumb{
padding: 5px 0px 5px 10px;
font: small Verdana,sans-serif;
color: #AAAAAA;
}

#breadCrumb a{
color: #AAAAAA;
}

#breadCrumb a:hover{
color: #005FA9;
text-decoration: underline;
}


/************** feature styles *****************/

.feature{
padding: 20px 0px 10px 10px;
font-size: 80%;
min-height: 200px;
height: 200px;
}
html>body .feature {height: auto;}

.feature h1{
font: bold 175% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #000000;
padding: 0px 0px 5px 0px;
}

.feature h3{
font: bold 150% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #000000;
padding: 0px 0px 5px 0px;
}


.feature h2{
font: 115% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #000000;
padding: 0px 0px 5px 0px;
}



.feature img{
float: left;
padding: 0px 10px 0px 0px;
}




/*************** story styles ******************/

.story {
padding: 10px 0px 0px 10px;
font-size: 90%;
}

.story h3{
font: bold 125% Arial,sans-serif;
color: #000000;
}

.story p {
padding: 0px 0px 10px 0px;
}

.story a.capsule{
font: bold 1em Arial,sans-serif;
color: #005FA9;
display:block;
padding-bottom: 5px;
}

.story a.capsule:hover{
text-decoration: underline;
}

td.storyLeft{
padding-right: 12px;
}


/************** siteInfo styles ****************/

#siteInfo{
clear: both;
border-top: 1px solid #cccccc;
font-size: small;
color: #cccccc;
padding: 10px 10px 10px 10px;
margin-top: 0px;
}

#siteInfo img{
padding: 4px 4px 4px 0px;
vertical-align: middle;
}


/************ sectionLinks styles **************/

#sectionLinks{
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px;

}

#sectionLinks h3{
padding: 10px 0px 2px 10px;
border-bottom: 1px solid #cccccc;
}

#sectionLinks a:link, #sectionLinks a:visited {
display: block;
border-top: 1px solid #ffffff;
border-bottom: 1px solid #cccccc;
background-image: url(bg_nav.jpg);
font-weight: bold;
padding: 3px 0px 3px 10px;
color: #21536A;
}

#sectionLinks a:hover{
border-top: 1px solid #cccccc;
background-color: #DDEEFF;
background-image: none;
font-weight: bold;
text-decoration: none;
}


/************* relatedLinks styles **************/

.relatedLinks{
margin: 0px;
padding: 0px 0px 10px 10px;
border-bottom: 1px solid #cccccc;
}

.relatedLinks h3{
padding: 10px 0px 2px 0px;
}

.relatedLinks a{
display: block;
}


/**************** advert styles *****************/

#advert{
padding: 10px;
}

#advert img{
display: block;
}

/********************* end **********************/

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You need to close your heading tags. Review the <div> with the 'feature' class and you will see the errors.

<div class="feature">
<h3>Come See Us!</h3>
<h2>832 7th St NW, Rochester, MN (next to the Ye Olde Butcher Shop)</h2>
<h3>Call Us Today!</h3>
<h2>(507)252-0334</h2>
<h3>Send Us An Email!</h3>
<h2><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></h2>
<h3><strong>Business Hours:</strong></h3>
<h2>9AM(We start answering the phone at 8AM) to 6PM Monday Through Friday</h2>
<h2>10AM to 3PM Saturday</h2>
<h2><strong>Please call anytime, anyday! We do our best to answer phones and provide service after hours</strong></h2>
</div>

Secondly, it seems like you are trying to use heading tags as a replacement for font sizes. This does not go against the standard, but you should try to use heading tags properly if SEO is of concern. After I ran the page's HTML through W3C's Validator it made the following observation:

...it is likely that the heading tags are not being used properly. (Headings should reflect the logical structure of the document; they should not be used simply to add emphasis, or to change the font size.)

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Thanks, that was the problem :-) Such a simple solution. That will be the first thing I will check next time. I kind of suspected I was using the heading tags improperly, but that is the way the original author did it, so I did my best to make changes with my limited coding abilities. Just curious, why does the method I am using, effect SEO?

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Just curious, why does the method I am using, effect SEO?

Within heading tags are found the topics and sub-topics for your page's content. They show search engines how your content is organized so that there can be better crawling and keyword association. A hierarchy is involved with heading tags: H1 can be thought of as the "major topic", H2 is a "sub-topic" of H1, H3 is a "sub-topic" of H2, etc. So when using heading tags in your HTML, you should do so as if writing a well-organized essay. Rarely is going beyond H3 necessary if your page's content is concise and properly arranged.

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