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Posted on 2008-10-20
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I have drop down box, and want to change it's look. (Please see attachments)

I will use form for submit data and search later through MySQL. First however I would like to finish a style. Drop down boxes will take data from database, but for now I'm working on style and using <label> tag. (I'm not sure if it's best way for later)

Please see attachments and code, what is the best way to do that?
Thank you
#searchbar {
	margin: 0;
	padding: 0;
	height: 38px;
	width: 100%;
	background: url(images/bg_search.jpg) repeat-x;
	}
#searchbar  ul{
	float: left;
	margin: -1em 0 0 1em;
	padding: 1.3em 0 0 0em;
	color:#FFFFFF;
	height: 100px;
	width: 720px;
	font-size: 1.4em;
	}
	
.searchbar_img {
	float: left;
	margin: -.5em .5em 0 .5em;
	}
.searchbar_label {
	text-decoration: none;
	color: #808080;
	border: #000000 solid 1px;
	}
.searchbar_box {
	vertical-align: top;
	font-size: .9em;
	text-decoration: none;
	color: #808080;
	border: #000000 solid 1px;
	height: 18px;
	}
 
 
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    <div id="searchbar">
    	<ul id="searchtop">
        	<li>
       	    Quick Search</li>
        	<li><img class="searchbar_img" src="images/lens.png"/></li>
		   	<li><input class="searchbar_box" type="text" id="control_header_key1" value="enter your keyword" name="control_header$key1"/></li>
   			<li><input class="searchbar_box"type="text" id="control_header_key2" value="enter your industry" name="control_header$key2"/></li>
			<li><label class="searchbar_box"><select name="pd1" id="pd1" title="test"><option value="5">Country</option><option value="15">Canada</option><option value="100">Untited States</option></select></label></li>
   			</li>
        </ul>
 
    
    
  </div>

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Question by:Goldblum
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by:crush83
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Because select elements are controlled primarily by the operating system, and secondarily by the browser, they are impossible to style identically cross browser/platform unless you employ the use of Javascript.

This will require a much more advanced approach utilizing div elements and the HTML and Javascript DOM. If you aren't very familiar with these technologies, it would be wise to search google for a premade solution that you can tailor for your needs.
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Mr_Splash earned 500 total points
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Hi Goldblum,

I've used the following to completely customise a drop down
http://www.cult-f.net/2007/12/14/elselect/
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by:NerdsOfTech
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Unfortunately you can't use CSS3 ::selection class to do this, YET until browsers actually are capable of utilizing it fully. It is a JavaScript work-around for this solution like the other experts said.
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by:Goldblum
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Thank you for the link. I will try to integrate it to my website. I hope that it will be easy to integrate inside of <form> tag along with PHP to search from database entered keyword in the group selected through drop down.
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