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How do I ensure that the size of input boxes are equal in a form across all browsers?

Posted on 2009-05-02
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I've created a registration form built using DIV's.  It has in-iine styling.  The form renders perfectly across Opera 9.X, Firefox 3.X, Chrome 1.X.

However in IE 8.X two input boxes (type="password" render with incorrect widths.

I've included the code spec below and a grab of the IE 8 screen.

Can anyone help me fix this please?
<!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>Tableless Form Using DIVs</title>
 
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="regform.css" />
 
<style type="text/css">
	@charset "utf-8";
	/* CSS Document */
	
	/* Styling HTML Elements  */
	html, body
	{
	padding:0;
	border:0;
	font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	font-size:10pt;
	font-weight:normal;
	color: #000000; 
	}
	
	
	legend{
	border:1px solid #000000;
	padding:5px;
	margin-left:15px;
	background-color:#FFFFCC;
	}
	
	
	/* Main DIV which wraps the Registration form */
	.wrapper
	{
	width: 500px;
	padding: 20px;
	height: auto;
	}
	
	/* DIV holding the labels*/
	.lbls
	{
	width: 230px;
	margin: 0px;
	padding: 0px; 
	
	float: left;
	text-align: right;
	}
	
	/* DIV holding the de objects*/
	.deObjs
	{
	width: 230px;
	margin: 0px;
	padding: 0px; 
	
	float: right; 
	
	text-align: left;
	}
	
	.clr
	{
	clear: both;
	padding: 4px;
	}
</style>
 
</head>
 
<body>
 
<center>
 
<div class="wrapper">
 
    <form name="frmRegister" method="post" action="#">
    
        <fieldset>
        	<legend> Member Registration </legend>
        
            	<div class="lbls">Your name <strong>:</strong></div> 
                <div class="deObjs"><input type="text" value="" title="Please enter your name" name="txtName" id="txtName" maxlength="250" size="30" /></div>
                <div class="clr"></div>
            
            
            	<div class="lbls">E-Mail <strong>:</strong></div> 
                <div class="deObjs"><input type="text" value="" title="Please enter a EmailID" name="txtEmail" id="txtEmail" maxlength="250" size="30" /></div>
            	<div class="clr"></div>
            
            
            	<div class="lbls">Password <strong>:</strong></div> 
                <div class="deObjs"><input type="password" value="" title="Please enter a password" name="txtPassword" id="txtPassword" maxlength="250" size="30" /></div>
            	<div class="clr"></div>
            
            
            	<div class="lbls">Confirm password <strong>:</strong></div> 
                <div class="deObjs"><input type="password" value="" title="Please confirm your password" name="txtConfirmPassword" id="txtConfirmPassword" maxlength="250" size="30" /></div> 
            	<div class="clr"></div>
            
            
            	<div class="lbls">Select a user type <strong>:</strong></div> 
                <div class="deObjs"> 
                    <select name="optRegUserType" id="optRegUserType" tabindex="6" title="Please select a user type" >
                        <option value="1" selected="selected" >Data Entry Operator</option>
                        <option value="2">Programmer</option>
                        <option value="3">Business Associate</option>
                        <option value="4">Network Partner</option>
                        <option value="5">Administrator</option>
                    </select> 
	            </div>
                <div class="clr"></div>
            
            
            	<div class="lbls">&nbsp;</div> 
                <div class="deObjs"><input type="checkbox" name="i_agree" value="1" /> I agree to the terms &amp; conditions</div>
           		<div class="clr"></div>
            
           
            	<div class="lbls">&nbsp;</div>
                <div class="deObjs"><input class="button" type="submit" name="btnSubmit" value="Send Information" /></div>
            	 <div class="clr"></div>
            
            <div class="clr"></div>
        
        </fieldset>
    
    </form>
 
</div>
 
</center>
 
</body>
</html>

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by:David S.
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You can use attribute selectors to set the width with CSS.

I suggest you use actual <label> elements. More info: http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200711/use_the_label_element_to_make_your_html_forms_accessible/
input[type=text][size=30],
input[type=password][size=30] {
  width: 200px;
}

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by:bayross
ID: 24288932
This is the code you suggested:  

input[type=text][size=30],
input[type=password][size=30] {
  width: 200px;
}


I added this to my CSS file but made the following changes in the CSS code:

input[type=text], input[type=password]{
  width: 200px;
}

i.e. I deleted the [size=30] from the CSS code spec as well as the the HTML code

<input type="text" value="" title="Please enter your name" name="txtName" id="txtName" maxlength="250" size="30" />

was changed to:

<input type="text" value="" title="Please enter your name" name="txtName" id="txtName" maxlength="250"  />

I did this because I though that the in-line size specified in HTML would override the CSS width instructions.

Did I do right?? OR did I goof up??

By the way when I did this change another issue has arisen.

A larger gap between the Labels and Input boxes has arisen.  

I've grabbed the screen and attached it to this comment.

Please give me your opinion.
regformwithgap.jpg
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David S. earned 300 total points
ID: 24288946
No, CSS generally overrides HTML styles. (And styles set with the style attribute are CSS and override other CSS styles.)

I suggested the use of the attribute selector for both the type and size so that it would only affect those 4 fields.

The gap between the labels and form controls looks smaller in this second screen shot?
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by:bayross
ID: 31577286
Thanks Kravimir.  I've understood what you are saying.  I'll build my skills on this.  Very grateful for your help.  Regards, Ivan Bayross
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