[thelist] JS Question - Right align text in input box??

Aylard JA (James) jaylard at equilon.com
Wed Oct 18 19:16:59 CDT 2000


> dir=rtl  should do it for IE 4+

	I recommend against doing this for two reasons:

1) It uses the "dir" attribute for a purpose not intended by the W3C spec
(which is to specify the directionality of text for languages that read
right-to-left, not to display left-to-right text as flush-right).

2) IE can do some strange things to the result. For example:

<input type="text"
   value="Watch me!"

IE displays the result as: "!Watch me". A bug? Probably. But then, English
isn't meant to be interpreted in right-to-left fashion.

	Use the standards-compliant approach:

<input type="text"
   value="Watch me!"
   style="text-align: right;">

	As long as you realize that Netscape 4 (and IE3) will shift the
entire input element to the right, and account for that as necessary.

James Aylard

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