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

Posted on 2009-05-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
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" "">

<html xmlns="">


<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




	font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;



	color: #000000; 





	border:1px solid #000000;







	/* Main DIV which wraps the Registration form */



	width: 500px;

	padding: 20px;

	height: auto;



	/* DIV holding the labels*/



	width: 230px;

	margin: 0px;

	padding: 0px; 


	float: left;

	text-align: right;



	/* DIV holding the de objects*/



	width: 230px;

	margin: 0px;

	padding: 0px; 


	float: right; 


	text-align: left;





	clear: both;

	padding: 4px;






<div class="wrapper">

    <form name="frmRegister" method="post" action="#">



        	<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>



                <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>










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Question by:bayross
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by:David S.
ID: 24288858
You can use attribute selectors to set the width with CSS.

I suggest you use actual <label> elements. More info:

input[type=password][size=30] {

  width: 200px;


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ID: 24288932
This is the code you suggested:  

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.
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Accepted Solution

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?

Author Closing Comment

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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