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HTML Select Not Displaying as Listbox in Safari Moble iPhone4s?

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I dev in .net, specifically C# MVC 4, and would like to know how to solve an issue concerning the html Select not displaying as a listbox using Safari Moble on my iPhone4s (ios 7.0.4)

Q. Will Safari mobile ever display the html Select correctly in future versions?

Q. Is the html Select not something Safari mobile is capable of rendering?

Note: Safari for Windows (5.1.7) does display the html Select correctly!
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by:Dave Baldwin
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In my code there has been no problem displaying and using a normal HTML <select> on iPhones or any other phones like Androids.  Show us the HTML from the view source of your page.
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by:WorknHardr
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Okay, here is the 'View Source' from Safari Mobile

    //using html 'select'
     <select name="sometext" multiple="multiple">
            <option value="1">text1</option>
            <option value="1">text2</option>
            <option value="1">text3</option>
     </select>

     //using Html.ListBox
     <select id="listbox1" name="listbox1" multiple="multiple">
            <option value="1">First item</option>
           <option value="2">Second item</option>
           <option value="3">Third item</option>
     </select>
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I get the same display in all browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on Mac) for that code.  It shows 4 rows and the items you show are the first three rows.  The fourth row is blank.
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by:WorknHardr
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Try it in Safari mobile (iPhone)...
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by:Dave Baldwin
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All I have is emulators.  Do you have a screen shot?
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I'll post a pic soon as I figure-out how to get a screen-shot of my iPhone.

Also, downloaded and installed the 'Electric Mobile Studio' trial ($39.00) from here:
http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/6bed5adb-1d6a-483d-9e22-ae0f88ec4477

I run my web app with the VS2012 'browse with' feature and it works fine in their emulator.
This still doesn't prove why the Safari mobile on iPhone 4s (ios 7.0.4) renders a ListBox as a DropDown.
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by:WorknHardr
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Here's the iPhone screenshot..

Note: even though the screenshot listbox says '0 items', I can still tap the listbox and select items just like a dropdown.

In case you've never done an iPhone screenshot:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3739872?tstart=0
iPhone-Listbox.png
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by:Dave Baldwin
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On other browsers, if you put more than 4 items in the list it becomes a drop down.  Although in Firefox it still displayed 4 lines with a scroll bar.  I guess that would be a 'scroll' down.
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Currently I have only 2 items in each of the top four listboxes. I think Safari mobile has a seriously bad bug.
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Chrome mobile doesn't render Listbox correctly either, same as Safari mobile.
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That makes it a Webkit mobile problem since Safari and Chrome are both based on Webkit.  I found that some people have created alternate methods and 'plugins' to use select multiple on those browsers.
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by:WorknHardr
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Webkit, found this link about 'appearance' and 'listbox'
http://www.paulund.co.uk/changing-appearance-of-element-with-css

I tried this css, and not work either to change look

[styleshteet]
.listboxx {
        -webkit-appearance:listbox;
        -moz-appearance:listbox;
    }

[view]
 <select name="sometext" multiple="multiple" class = "listboxx">
                    <option value="1" selected="selected">text1</option>
                    <option value="1">text2</option>
                    <option value="1">text3</option>
                </select>
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by:WorknHardr
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I still don't have a good solution, thanks for helping me this far, I think we're fighting browser-bug...
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Glad to help, I think you're probably right.
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