[thelist] odd dropdown behaviour in IE on winXP sp2

Tony Crockford tonyc at boldfish.co.uk
Tue Sep 21 16:37:54 CDT 2004

Tearing hair here, could do with some more pairs of eyes to identify the  

http://www.workalone.co.uk/notes/dandy/edit4.htm  has a form with  
dropdowns and uses the :hover on a div to "appear" a span with helpful  
form filling hints.

works fine in Firefox.

to create the same effect in IE I've used the whatever:hover behaviour  
which works fine too.

However on the dropdowns the hint disappears as soon as you go into the  
list.  further investigation shows that in IE6.0 on winXP SP2 not only  
does the hover disappear, but the first option highlighted is  
automatically selected.

Now that's not quite what I wanted - you can select another option, but  
you no longer have a point of reference to what the original selection was.

can anyone else confirm that what I'm seeing is happening too? (try going  
around the outside of the dropdown box and selecting an option further  

can anyone suggest reasons why this might be happening?



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