i made the change that you suggested and it solved some problems but added new ones. They dont call it cascading for nuttin'.
i think part of the problem is the gigantic size of the post titles that is throwing everything off on a smartphone screen.
so your change made the entire header visible but now it looked tiny in comparison to the now gigantic looking post titles. it is a matter of perspective, so either i override the theme's default size title after a media query for smartphones or just stick with "cover" and live with with part of the header not being visible.
another thing that happened is that the slider kind of went of of whack and appear in the middle of the menu options which now suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
as an aside, it is quickly becoming apparent that this rudimentary editor can quickly get out of hand. there should be some way to create files that address different aspects of what one is trying to do, and keep related things together each in its own file, then just do Includes like you do in regular programming. i can see how this Editor For Dummies approach can quickly become impractical, and I certainly wish there were a syntax checker, and missing element finder, etc, in other words a regular editor, without one having to go outside of the WP environment to parse the text for errors.
Moreover, I find that not having inline debugging to be a problem, as I would like to step through the execution while in WP, and see the problems as they occur, and fix them on the fly. I realize I can do this outside of the WP environment using the Chrome dev tools etc, but you have to keep going in and out of the WP env and this is rather clunky.
Moreover, I cannot seem to find anywhere where it officially specifies what in the CSS3 specification is supported, and what isn't so sometimes when you get that blank stare from the WP preprocessor, that is to say, when you write code and nothing happens, you have no idea if
a) it is a syntax error
b) a semantic one
c) an external file is missing or referenced incorrectly
d) or you are trying to use css3 functionality that is unsupported
what I am trying to do with this blog is create a nice and simple retail catalog blog, one that can flip though pages and pages with beautiful images without the use of js. I found example code that does this correctly without the use of js, but when I port it to WP, and make appropriate but simple mods, nothing happens, and i have no idea why.
This is probably due to my own inexperience, although I am slightly familiar with programming basics in languages such as C or even C++, but also, I think, and to be fair, it is also a function of a possibly deliberate decision on the part of WP to keep this editor very simple and with a small footprint, as it where.
So I am plan out of luck trying to quickly isolate why it is my functionally crucial CSS3 driven catalog does not work. I shall post the relevant code it in the CSS section... where everyone can see it and maybe tell me why this does not work. that would be really helpful.
as for the smartphone issue, I am going to have at some point do media queries but this is difficult to do all this when one is not a programmer and also trying to run a startup retail biz!!!
at any rate, this is how it is, and I really do appreciate all your help. thank you, liz.