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drop down list display issue

Kristin Stromberg
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Joined: May 17, 2005
Posts: 91
I have a drop down list with four or five items, each of which can be very very long (longer than the width of the dialog box the list appears in). The [select] element has a fixed width of 500px. In Netscape and Firefox, this is working great, because when you click on the drop down list, the options are displayed in a box that is as wide as it needs to be (wider than the 500px of the [select] element, if necessary).

Here's an example of good behavior (Netscape & Firefox):

Problem is that in IE, the box is only as wide as the [select] element it's a part of, so the right margin is cut off at 500px and nobody can tell what they're selecting.

This is very, very bad (Explorer):

I've tried messing around with the word-wrap attribute in IE, but haven't managed to get it to work with either the [select] element or the [option]elements (it's supposed to work with both, according to MSDN).

Any suggestions? The work-around for now is to not limit the width to 500px, but this is ugly, and we don't like ugly! Thanks in advance...
[ November 16, 2005: Message edited by: Kristin Stromberg ]
Eric Pascarello

Joined: Nov 08, 2001
Posts: 15385
Welcome to the world of "I hate Microsoft's rendering to the seelect element."

There is nothing you can do to show the hidden part of the text, only thing that you can do is toopen it full size.

Kristin Stromberg
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Joined: May 17, 2005
Posts: 91
Darn! Thanks Eric - you just saved me from wasting another couple of hours trying to fix this.
Bear Bibeault
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What we need is a variant of this smilie:

that replaces the brick wall with an instance of IE.

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