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How are they doing the where to buy drop down lists what library are they using?

Iif you go to the following page here at the very bottom

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrycurve8300/

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Question by:stargateatlantis
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They are using a combination of CSS and HTML classes to style these dropdowns. So for example something simple, you could do:

<!-- IN YOUR HTML -- >
<select class="my_dropdown" >
    <option>one</option>
    <option>two</option>
    <option>three</option>
</select>

/* IN YOUR CSS */
.my_dropdown
{
    border: 2px solid red;
}


Obviously they are adding a lot more styles (background-image's and so) on but hopefully this helps illustrate the technique.
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Their actually using a combinatin of CSS and DHTML elements for their drop-down.  The CSS page alone is over 3300 lines.  I squeezed it down for you so you can see what's going on:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

<title>Untitled Document</title>

<style> 

/*	Global Styles

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*/

* {	padding:0;	margin:0;	}

h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, pre, blockquote, label, ul, ol, dl, fieldset, address { margin:1em 0; }

li, dd { margin-left:5%; }

fieldset { padding: .5em; }

select option{ padding:0 5px; }
 
 
 

/* DHTML select replacement */

div.dhtmlselect{ /*style of DHTML Select Menu, main box */

width: 98px ! important; /*default  width of main box */

border: 1px solid #666666 ! important;

position: relative;

text-indent: 3px;

padding: 1px 0px 0px 0px ! important;

cursor: hand;

cursor: pointer;

background-color: #FFFFFF;

height:21px ! important;

float:left!important;

display:block!important;

font-size:10px;

overflow:visible;

margin:0px!important;

}
 

.dhtmlselect .downimage{ /*style of "down" image to the right of the DHTML Select Menu*/

position:absolute;

right:-23px;

top:-1px;

height:22px;

border:1px solid #666666;

}
 

.dhtmlselect div.dropdown{ /*style of Drop Down Menu that appears onMouseover */

position:absolute;

left:-1px!important;

top:22px!important;

width:200px!important; /*default width of drop down menu*/

height:auto!important;

border: 1px solid #666666!important;

padding:0px!important;

margin:0px!important;

display:none;

z-index:5;

font-weight:normal;

}
 

.dhtmlselect div.dropdown a{ /*style of Drop Down Menu's links */

width: auto;

display: block;

background: #FFFFFF;

border-bottom: 1px solid #DDDDDD;

text-indent: 5px;

text-decoration: none;

color: black;

padding-top:3px;

pading-bottom:1px;

}
 

* html .dhtmlselect .dropdown a{ /*IE 6 (and below) hack */

width: 100%;

}
 

.dhtmlselect .dropdown a:hover, .dhtmlselect .dropdown a.selected {

background: #EEEEEE;

}

div.selectLabel {

width:92px!important;

height:20px!important;

padding:0px!important;

padding-top:3px !important;

white-space:nowrap;

overflow:hidden;

text-overflow:ellipsis;

margin:0px!important;

border:none!important;

}

* html div.selectLabel {

height:18px!important;

}

</style></head>
 

<body>
 

                                <input value="483" name="products" type="checkbox">&nbsp;<span class="boldit">Compare</span>
 

                                  

                        <!-- regions with children -->

                                  

                                    

                                          <select style="display: none;" id="id-0_replaced--1" name="url" onchange="javascript:doOmnitureCarrierEventFromSelect(this);getOptionProvider(this);javascript:gotoSelectionNewWindow(this,0);">

                                                <option value="">WHERE TO BUY</option>

                                                <option value="">&nbsp;</option>

                                                

                          

                            <option value="" class="country_opt">United States</option>

                            

                                                    <option value="http://www.centennialwireless.com/discover_blackberry.php ">

                                                        &nbsp;Centennial Wireless (Silver)

                                                    </option>

                           

                                                    <option value="http://www.cincinnatibell.com/consumer/wireless/phones_and_devices/?id=blackberry_curve">

                                                        &nbsp;Cincinnati Bell (Silver)

                                                    </option>

                           

                          

                                                

                          

                            <option value="" class="country_opt">Canada</option>

                            

                                                    <option value="http://www.rogers.com/curve">

                                                        &nbsp;Rogers Wireless (Silver)

                                                    </option>

                           

                          

                                                

                                          </select>

                                          <script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">

                                                if (document.location.href.indexOf("/devices/blackberrycurve") > -1 || document.location.href.indexOf("/devices/blackberrypearl") > -1) {

                                                        dhtmlselect("id-0");

                                                }</script>

<div style="z-index: 98;" onkeydown="dhtmlselect_handleSelectKeyDown(this, event);" rel="0" tabindex="1" id="dhtml_id-0--1" class="dhtmlselect">

<input id="id-0" value="" type="hidden"><div style="top: 22px;" class="selectLabel">WHERE TO BUY</div> 

<img class="downimage" src="http://na.blackberry.com/assets/images/dhtmlselect_dropdown.gif" title="Select an option" onmouseover="this.src='http://na.blackberry.com/assets/images/dhtmlselect_dropdown_over.gif';" onmouseout="this.src='http://na.blackberry.com/assets/images/dhtmlselect_dropdown.gif';">

<div style="display: none;" class="dropdown">

<a class="selected" href="#" onclick="dhtmlselect_handleSelectValueClick(this);" rel="">WHERE TO BUY</a>

<a href="#" onclick="dhtmlselect_handleSelectValueClick(this);" rel="">United States</a>

<a href="#" onclick="dhtmlselect_handleSelectValueClick(this);" rel="http://www.centennialwireless.com/discover_blackberry.php ">&nbsp;Centennial Wireless (Silver)</a>

<a href="#" onclick="dhtmlselect_handleSelectValueClick(this);" rel="http://www.cincinnatibell.com/consumer/wireless/phones_and_devices/?id=blackberry_curve">&nbsp;Cincinnati Bell (Silver)</a>

<a class="" href="#" onclick="dhtmlselect_handleSelectValueClick(this);" rel="">Canada</a><a href="#" onclick="dhtmlselect_handleSelectValueClick(this);" rel="http://www.rogers.com/curve">&nbsp;Rogers Wireless (Silver)</a>

</div></div>

                                  

                        </body>

</html>

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how come when you select the drop down nothing comes up?
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There are scripts which are also running that don't have the absolute path, so you are missing that.  Notice that it is not an ordinary SELECT box though.
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But i don't see any .js files in the code you gave me.  I want the code to work on any page i implement it on.
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In all actuality it's not a combobox as you may think.  It's actually a Java scripted element.  
You may have better luck downloading an opensource or free script like this rather than copying or taking Blackberry's:
http://www.webfx.nu/dhtml/combobox/combobox.htm
 
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