Solve the select overlap bug in IE6


When using IE, you cannot put an absolutely positioned div over a select input element. That's because the select element is considered an ActiveX object and is on top of every HTML element in the page.

I already saw people hiding selects when opening a popup div, that leads to pretty bad user experience having controls disappearing.

FogBugz actually had a pretty smart solution (before v6) of turning every select into text boxes when a popup was displayed. This solved the bug and tricked the user eye but the behavior was not perfect.

Another solution is in FogBugz 6 where they no more use the select element and recoded it everywhere.

Last solution I currently use is messing up the IE rendering engine and force it to render the absolutely positioned <div> as an ActiveX element too, ensuring it can live over a select element. This is achieved by placing an invisible <iframe> inside the <div> and styling it with:

#MyDiv iframe
    position: absolute;
    z-index: -1;
    filter: mask();
    border: 0;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 9999px;
    height: 9999px;
    overflow: hidden;

Does anyone have an even better solution than this one?

EDIT: The purpose of this question is as much informative as it is a real question. I find the <iframe> trick to be a good solution, but I am still looking for improvement like removing this ugly useless tag that degrades accessibility.


try this plugin , it should work!

usage: $('.your-dropdown-menu').bgiframe();

By : Luffy

When hiding the select elements hide them by setting the "visibility: hidden" instead of display: none otherwise the browser will re-flow the document.

By : iDevGeek

There's this simple and straightforward jquery plugin called bgiframe. The developer created it for the sole purpose of solving this issue in ie6.

I've recently used and it works like a charm.

By : rvil

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By: admin