Hover Menu Issue: IE 7 moves items to the right (CSS)

Posted on 2007-11-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
Hey everybody,

I am a student and while creating a website for my economics club, I encountered a problem that is beyond my head. I usually create the CSS part by somewhat trial-and-error and now Internet Explorer 7 is my only last problem.

I know there have been similar issues before on here, but I'd really appreciate if someone could tell me where my mistake is.

I based my hover menu on this example:

Internet Explorer 7 displays the pop-up menus a couple of pixels to far to the right, hence they are not clickable when you move the mouse to the right. I am also aware that IE6 doesn't display everthing correctly but as long as it works I don't care.

If anyone could tell me what to change in order to make it work in IE7 (without braking the functionality in Firefox, Safari, IE6...), I would be very glad.
Because this is really important to me, I am also willing to give away a lot of points.

In the Code Section, there are two parts: one is the HTML-Website-code, the other part is the contend of a file called "" in order to make things happen on IE6.

Please excuse my English, I am German.
HTML/CSS Source Code (only necessary parts):



	<style type="text/css">

	body {



		div#PageBox {

			padding: 20px 0px 0px 30px;



		ul#MenuLeft {

			border: 1px solid black;

			width: 105px;


			padding:0 0 0 2px;}

		ul#MenuLeft li {



			list-style: none;


			margin: 0;}

		#MenuLeft li{



		li.MenuLeftFlip ul {



			padding: 2px;

			border: 1px solid black;


			left:60px; /* might be related to IE6*/


		li.MenuLeftFlip>ul {

			left:105px;} /* might be related to IE7 */

		li.MenuLeftFlip:hover {


		ul#MenuLeft ul { 


		#MenuLeft li:hover ul ul { 


		#MenuLeft li:hover ul { 


		#MenuLeft li:hover li:hover ul { 


		ul#MenuLeft a {



			text-decoration: none;}

		ul#MenuLeft a:link {

			text-decoration: none;}

		ul#MenuLeft a:visited {

			text-decoration: none;}			

		ul#MenuLeft a:hover {


			background-color: red;}			

		ul#MenuLeft a:active {

			text-decoration: none;






<div id="PageBox">

<ul id="MenuLeft">

    <li><a href="#">Item A</a></li>

    <li class="MenuLeftFlip">

    <a href="#">Item B</a>


        <li><a href="#">Subitem A</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem B</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem C</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem D</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem E</a></li>



    <li class="MenuLeftFlip">

    <a href="#">Item C</a>


        <li><a href="#">Subitem A</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem B</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem C</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem D</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem E</a></li>



    <li class="MenuLeftFlip">

    <a href="#">Item D</a>


        <li><a href="#">Subitem A</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem B</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem C</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem D</a></li>

        <li><a href="#">Subitem E</a></li>



    <li><a href="#">Item E</a></li>






File "", stored in the same directory:

<attach event="ondocumentready" handler="parseStylesheets" />



 *	Whatever:hover - V1.42.060206 - hover & active

 *	------------------------------------------------------------

 *	(c) 2005 - Peter Nederlof

 *	Peterned -

 *	License  -


 *	Whatever:hover is free software; you can redistribute it and/or

 *	modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public

 *	License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either

 *	version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.


 *	Whatever:hover is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,

 *	but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of


 *	Lesser General Public License for more details.


 *	Credits and thanks to:

 *	Arnoud Berendsen, Martin Reurings, Robert Hanson


 *	howto: body { behavior:url(""); }

 *	------------------------------------------------------------


var csshoverReg = /(^|\s)(([^a]([^ ]+)?)|(a([^#.][^ ]+)+)):(hover|active)/i,

currentSheet, doc = window.document, hoverEvents = [], activators = {

	onhover:{on:'onmouseover', off:'onmouseout'},

	onactive:{on:'onmousedown', off:'onmouseup'}


function parseStylesheets() {

	if(!/MSIE (5|6)/.test(navigator.userAgent)) return;

	window.attachEvent('onunload', unhookHoverEvents);

	var sheets = doc.styleSheets, l = sheets.length;

	for(var i=0; i<l; i++) 



	function parseStylesheet(sheet) {

		if(sheet.imports) {

			try {

				var imports = sheet.imports, l = imports.length;

				for(var i=0; i<l; i++) parseStylesheet(sheet.imports[i]);

			} catch(securityException){}


		try {

			var rules = (currentSheet = sheet).rules, l = rules.length;

			for(var j=0; j<l; j++) parseCSSRule(rules[j]);

		} catch(securityException){}


	function parseCSSRule(rule) {

		var select = rule.selectorText, style =;

		if(!csshoverReg.test(select) || !style) return;

		var pseudo = select.replace(/[^:]+:([a-z-]+).*/i, 'on$1');

		var newSelect = select.replace(/(\.([a-z0-9_-]+):[a-z]+)|(:[a-z]+)/gi, '.$2' + pseudo);

		var className = (/\.([a-z0-9_-]*on(hover|active))/i).exec(newSelect)[1];

		var affected = select.replace(/:(hover|active).*$/, '');

		var elements = getElementsBySelect(affected);

		if(elements.length == 0) return;

		currentSheet.addRule(newSelect, style);

		for(var i=0; i<elements.length; i++)

			new HoverElement(elements[i], className, activators[pseudo]);


function HoverElement(node, className, events) {

	if(!node.hovers) node.hovers = {};

	if(node.hovers[className]) return;

	node.hovers[className] = true;

	hookHoverEvent(node, events.on, function() { node.className += ' ' + className; });

	hookHoverEvent(node,, function() { node.className = node.className.replace(new RegExp('\\s+'+className, 'g'),''); });


	function hookHoverEvent(node, type, handler) {

		node.attachEvent(type, handler);

		hoverEvents[hoverEvents.length] = { 

			node:node, type:type, handler:handler 



	function unhookHoverEvents() {

		for(var e,i=0; i<hoverEvents.length; i++) {

			e = hoverEvents[i]; 

			e.node.detachEvent(e.type, e.handler);



function getElementsBySelect(rule) {

	var parts, nodes = [doc];

	parts = rule.split(' ');

	for(var i=0; i<parts.length; i++) {

		nodes = getSelectedNodes(parts[i], nodes);

	}	return nodes;


	function getSelectedNodes(select, elements) {

		var result, node, nodes = [];

		var identify = (/\#([a-z0-9_-]+)/i).exec(select);

		if(identify) {

			var element = doc.getElementById(identify[1]);

			return element? [element]:nodes;



		var classname = (/\.([a-z0-9_-]+)/i).exec(select);

		var tagName = select.replace(/(\.|\#|\:)[a-z0-9_-]+/i, '');

		var classReg = classname? new RegExp('\\b' + classname[1] + '\\b'):false;

		for(var i=0; i<elements.length; i++) {

			result = tagName? elements[i].all.tags(tagName):elements[i].all; 

			for(var j=0; j<result.length; j++) {

				node = result[j];

				if(classReg && !classReg.test(node.className)) continue;

				nodes[nodes.length] = node;




		return nodes;



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Question by:Klemi
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Accepted Solution

ncoo earned 500 total points
ID: 20300900
Try adding:

* {margin:0;padding:0}

To your stylesheet.

Author Comment

ID: 20307598

I struggled with this for 3 months now... I am so glad that you answered.

You just gained yourself 500 points!

Thank you and goodbye!

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