Post a working link to the actual page, code snippets give only a part of the picture and can be mis-leading.
put a relative position AP DIV tag
doesn't really make sense... a relative position on an absolutely positioned <div>
That's why we need the actual page.
but IE has a large white space
Could be a mis-application of the "Parent Rule" as it relates to elements with declared positions. Link to page would clarify.
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