Viola! The rendering worked just by changing that one line! I am not sure what I was doing right or wrong but I do know that this was very frustrating and wanted to pass it on. If you are using “dijit.layout.StackContainer” with “dijit.layout.ContentPane” and are seeing some strange things then try Dojo 1.5.
I really wanted to dive on the two versions of Dojo to write about what exactly was the problem but I have been too swamped to take that dive. Hopefully this helps out others.