it seems to work like a charm. awesomeness! i shall study the "clear" command to see how and why this fixed the problem. this may be a dumb remark, but it looks like css is acting here a bit like a procedural language rather than a sort of semi declarative scripting one
that aside, i think actually i would like to have turn the Navigator into a generalized widget (coded with js) that other small biz retail owners could easily plugin or uttilize in their web sites via iframes etc
i am actually trying to determine what would be the best platform solution to host such an app (would not necessarily need wp,org at all, as this would be an independent app offering navigational functionality, and not some sort sort of free wp widget from which i would derive no commercial benefit while still having to worry about, say, css cross scripting headaches etc). i agree that wp seems suited for relatively hands off (in terms of programming) blogging, primarily, and not for any kind of sophisticated coding that would be of interest to a front end designer in support of a commercial application. for example, I can think of many cool mouse driven uses for the HTML canvas element in retailing, but of course cannot try out any of those ideas here. moreover, image management start to become a real issue with a backend db. still wp.com is useful as a rapid prototyping env, up to a point, as I do get user feedback from my customer base.
but all that is off topic so I understand if you would have no comment in this regard. many many thanks again for your help in the matter.
it is much appreciated.