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Align absolute div the same in Firefox and IE

Posted on 2006-06-29
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Hi
I have a vertical menu on my site (i.e. top to bottom) that uses table rows for each menu element.
When a user mouses over each menu item, I have a submenu appear as a DIV (initially this div is hidden).
To stop the submenu div breaking the page flow, I made it absolute, so it floats over everything. But because my site is centred, I never know the exact position of the menu, so I have used the trick of putting the absolute div inside a relative div:

<tr>
<td width="158" height="24" align="center" onmouseover="javascript:document.getElementById('submenu1').style.display = 'block';" onmouseout="javascript:document.getElementById('submenu1').style.display = 'none';" valign="middle">
<div style="position: relative;">
<a href="http://foo">Main menu link</a>
<div id="submenu1" style="display: none; position: absolute; top: 0px; left: 140px;">Submenu HTML here</div>
</div>
</td>
</tr>

This works fine except the submenu div is positioned differently in IE and Firefox...

Is there a way to do this that will make the submenu div appear in the same place in both IE and Firefox? I am pregenerating the menu html and saving it in a database, otherwise I could have done a browser detect and changed the top amd left attributes of the absolute div for each browser.

cheers
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You could use the !important directive to make FF and other compliant browsers work:

display: none; position: absolute; top:4px!important;top: 0px; left:150px!important;left: 140px;

IE ignores any CSS attributes that have an !important attached, while FF and other more compliant browsers will obey the directive and use those values. There is one caveat... IE7 (beta) will obey the important directive, but it still renders like IE 6, which sucks... Hopefully they'll have that fixed by the time it goes gold.

GoofyDawg
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