Styling a <select>?

Colin Clark colinbdclark at
Tue Oct 20 13:43:47 UTC 2009

Hi Anastasia,

On 19-Oct-09, at 4:46 PM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
>> Sorry, folks - I wasn't paying attention to Mail's auto-complete, I  
>> meant to send this to the CollectionSpace work list.
>> Please ignore!
> Unless you have great ideas for styling a <select> element - then  
> please, don't ignore!!

At least in my experience, trying to style dropdowns with CSS doesn't  
work reliably. Looking at Erin's wireframes, though, there's no  
behaviour specified here that isn't already provided by an out of the  
box <select> elemen. It's worth exploring whether we really need to  
create a custom style for this.

If the styling is essential, or if there's custom behaviour I'm  
missing, the next step is probably the jQuery dropdown plugin we use  
for Inline Edit. It's pretty raw, and recent upgrades of it seem to  
have regressed. Might be an opportunity to replace it with something a  
little more awesome.

Hope this helps,


Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project

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