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Alternative to display:none

Trying to avoid another IE bug

12:37 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm working on a new layout that will be using quite a few floats. In order to work for many pages on my site, I'll be using body id's and using display:none to hide certain elements within certain body id's. But, according to this article...


...using floats and display:none can cause really odd IE bugs that could potentially destroy a page layout. So I was wondering, is there any alternative to display:none, perhaps using some sort of width/overflow combination, that works reliably, cross-browser, to hide page elements even if they have content in them?

Of particular interest in the article:

Update! July 5, 2004 It turns out that this duplicating characters bug can be triggered by other things than just HTML comments. Phil Baines points out that any elements given the style {display: none} will also induce the bug. Other than that, the same conditions apply. Since HTML comments remove content from a page just like {display: none}, does this mean that IE is using the same buggy mechanism for both?

This should be a good one for all of us to puzzle and stew over for awhile; so far I haven't come up with a solution that works. Should be an interesting study though!



3:06 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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wow... that really sucks.

Only thing that comes to mind is setting height and width to 0?

4:51 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member drdoc is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Don't worry about it... If there's ever duplicated characters and such, just add
to the floated element. In fact, always add
to all floated elements to avoid other funky bugs in IE.