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2009 July

IE6 fix for select box over absolute positioned element

On 22, Jul 2009 | One Comment | In Browser, Core JavaScript, IE, JavaScript, jQuery | By abcoder

IE6 sux. General css/javascript hover drop-down menu uses a div or ul with position:absolute. No matter how much you increase the value of z-index the select box (windowed element) will always remain on top most – yes only on a special browser, Internet Explorer 6. The reason is IE6 considers select element as windowed element and keeps it always on top layer.

IE6 select box over div

Solution is using iframe on top of select element, as iframe is also a windowed element placing it on top of select box fix the problem.

IE6 select box over div prob fixed using iframe

Here is the typical HTML code for this drop-down menu:

<div class="top-menus" style="left: 221px; top: 127px;">
<iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" align="bottom" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="javascript:'';" style="height: 200px;"></iframe>
    <ul>      
      <li><a href="#">Bracelets</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Rings</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Earrings</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Necklaces</a></li>
    </ul>
</div>

The inline css is calculated using jQuery offset() function. FYI, you can easily get the width,height,left,top position of any element using jQuery(“element”).offset(). Make sure the width and height of the iframe is exactly same of it’s overlying UL element. If you apply any border to the UL, you have to consider that during calculating the proper width/height of the iframe.

This is the sample jQuery code:

var timer = null; // global
$("#top-nav a").hover(function(){
	clearTimeout(timer);
	$("#top-nav a:not('.cur')").removeClass("selected");
	$(this).addClass("selected");
		
	var o = $(this).offset();
	var left = o.left + 1; // 1px extra for border
	var top = o.top + 32; // 32px for placing it just below the horizontal menu
	if($(".top-menus").length){
		if(left == $(".top-menus").offset().left)
			return;
		else $(".top-menus").remove();
	}

	$("body").prepend('<div style="left:'+left+'px;top:'+top+'px;" class="top-menus"><iframe src="javascript:\'\';" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" align="bottom" scrolling="no" frameborder="0"></iframe><ul>'+html+'</ul></div>');
		$(".top-menus").find(".parent, .child").remove();
		var hi = $(".top-menus").find("ul").height();
		$("iframe").height(hi + 2); // extra 2px for border

}, function(){
	clearTimeout(timer);
	timer = setTimeout(function(){$("body").find("iframe,.top-menus").remove(); $("#top-nav a:not('.cur')").removeClass("selected");},300);
});

$(".top-menus").live("mouseover",function(){
	clearTimeout(timer);
}).live("mouseout",function(){
	clearTimeout(timer);
	timer = setTimeout(function(){$("body").find("iframe,.top-menus").remove(); $("#top-nav a:not('.cur')").removeClass("selected");},300);
});

I know this code won’t exactly fulfill your requirement, you can get the main idea from this and write your own code yourself. You can see it in action on www.trendtogo.com.

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