Table update looks bad in IE while in progress

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I'm generating a chessboard display as a plain html table - no java,
etc.  Works fine with a recent Mozilla, but looks terrible during
table updates with IE 6.0

I've tried following auto validator advice to no avail, so I'm fishing
for suggestions.

Apparently, IE erases the page, receives some table data, displays
part of the table, then adjusts it as more data comes in - looks fine
when done.  What Mozilla seems to do is wait for the table to be
competely formatted, then updates the display without erasing the

Is this just a browser config issue, instead of an html problem?

Incidentally, an example is at

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