The select element is fixed in IE 7

Congratulations, all web developers! In IE 7, the select element and its rendering is finally fixed, according to the For the SELECT few… post at the IEBlog! Support for z-index and title has been added, as well as for zoom (Yay! ;-)).


  • Hakan Bilgin says:

    Finally.. πŸ˜‰

    I think there will be a lot "fixes" such as this and unlike others I think there will be several new features in IE7.

  • Chris says:

    What is zoom actually? I googled a bit, it seems a proprietary Scripting-Property in MS-Browsers. Is this right?

  • Hakan Bilgin says:

    This can be found by following links;

    With zoom, you can scale elements including contents. The news is that the SELECT element now obeys given properties.

  • I wonder how this will affect other browser's <select> controls on windows. I have some memory of selects being handled badly in Firefox and Opera, probably because some OS control that's badly written. Good thing it's fixed in IE7.

  • Jens Meiert says:

    Little strokes fell big oaks, right?

  • Lobna says:

    I read your post about Why accessibility?

    Published on Tuesday, June 14th, 2005. I am very much interested in this topic as currently I am conducting research of web accessiblity among UK companies (specifically among media and public service organisations) as part of my course study for my MA in interactive media at Bournemouth Univeristy.

    Through my study, I aim to assess the competence of web developers and the reasons which lead some companies to fail in complying with basic web accessibility standards, despite the fact that British organizations are required (as per the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act and Government guidelines decreed on October 1st 2004) to ensure the accessibility of extended services, including websites, to the general public.

    I would like to ask if it would be possible if I used your post on Why accessibility as a reference point in my reserach and on another note would you be so kind to answer a few questions I have concering this matter.

    I would highly appreciate your feedback before end of this week concerning this matter.

    Thank you


  • Robert Nyman says:


    Yes, I think so too. And thanks for giving Chris a swift answer!



    However, I can't see how that would affect other web browsers, unless it's actually something that will be changed in Windows.


    Yeah, definitely… πŸ™‚

    By the way, I think that's one of the first sayings I've seen in a comment here.


    You're more than welcome to do that! I'm sending you an e-mail right now.

  • OMG this is great news! I can't tell you how much this bug annoys me (annoyment bugs me?).

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Yeah, finally! πŸ™‚

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Thanks for sharing!

    Yes, that's an interesting fix by using an <code>iframe</code> for IE 6, which also works in IE 5.5. Unfortunately it downgrades very poorly in IE 5.0.

  • Ray Girard says:

    I agree with you 101%. Why weren't the 'TABLE" elements in HTML changed to work in CSS. They were logical and solid. How did you make your 'masthead.jpg' change in size as the screen size is changed?

  • Kanashii says:

    Ray Girard:

    It's an <code>img</code> element with <code>width:100%</code> and the column itself is a percentage width.

  • Kanashii says:

    … and <code>img</code> elements scale proportionally to the specified width/height. Once CSS3 is widely implemented you'd be able to do it as a normal background using <code>background-size:100% auto</code>. Webkit and Konqueror can do it now if you want to see it in action.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Thanks for dealing with questions about the code in my web site! πŸ˜€

    Maybe you should become my code secretary, or something (and if there's any doubt: no, this comment isn't sarcastic, I really appreciate you answering Ray, and also for knowing how I've coded stuff)!

  • Kanashii says:

    Heh that's OK. I wondered the same awhile back when I noticed it stretched and had a look to see how it was done so I thought I'd share my findings : )

  • russell says:

    It amazes me that people still buy the BS from MS. IE sucks plain and simple. The select is still the same pos it has always been. Hey Bill make it standard or quit making it.

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