Discovering that the Tysto site layout was broken in Internet Explorer, I’ve done a lot of experimenting and investigating in the last few days. I’m not fluent enough in CSS to figure out exactly why the layout looked fine in Firefox but the sidebars were misplaced in IE, so I gave up and pulled the table format from the old site and adapted it to the WordPress theme. The result is a solid hybrid with a little more predictable behavior.
This is antithetical to the CSS philosophy popular now, but I no longer care. I’m fed up with not being able to figure out what setting of what trait of what style for what object in what file is controlling what appears on screen.