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    Drop Down Box with Transparent Scrollbar

    I have a transparent scrollbar on my DIV layer, but the drop down box in my DIV is not work..it disappears when you scroll. I am told this is a problem that has to do with Internet Explorer. Is there any way to fix this so that it works in IE? You can view the page with problems here: http://gatheringclouds.net/pimpernel/join.php

    Any help is much appreciated. thanks.

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    its the chroma filter that is causing ur problem, i tried setting the background color of the track to transparent however u get a grid like background instead that matches the div background

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    Internet Explorer

    You may end up being able to make the <select> dropdown transparent, but it will only ever work in IE; so why sweat over it? Your design is nice, but your code has many things that would be easy to improve upon...eg: take all the style="" attributes and place their values in an external CSS file. You could also take both <style> blocks out and put their contents in the external CSS file.

    Couple of things that need pointing out:
    1) PLEASE don't ever change the user's cursor, unless you are certain as to why you are doing it and how it is helping the user. The only instance I can think of when changing the cursor isn't an interface crime is adding cursor:pointer over submit buttons... the crosshair means something other than what you are using it for, so you should not be using it.

    2) The correct way to group and seperate <option>s is with <optgroup>, eg:
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      <optgroup>
    	<option value="USA">United States</option>
      	<option value="England">England</option>
       	<option value="Scotland">Scotland</option>
       	<option value="Wales">Wales</option>
    	<option value="Ireland">Ireland</option>
    	<option value="Australia">Australia</option>
    	<option value="Canada">Canada</option>
       </optgroup>
    Last edited by mindlessLemming; 01-28-2005 at 11:42 PM.

    I take no responsibility for the above nonsense.


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    hmm...I see, thank you for your input. I guess I'll just work around it or maybe take out the transparent scrollbar.

    As for the cursor, well I don't see any dreadful affects from using a different cursor. My site is an artistic site and I use it because it looks cool. Lots of other sites do it as well. Unless you can provide me with a reason that shows that the cursor affects my visitors in a negative way, I don't see a problem with keeping it. But thank you for your input, I never knew that the darn cursor even meant anything, although it sure doesn't mean anything at my website. *Laugh*

    As for the option grouping, no need to take it up with me...it's <a href="http://codegrrl.com">Codegrrl's</a> work..not mine. But thanks, maybe I'll change it and see what happens.

    Thanks for the help guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatheringclouds
    As for the cursor, well I don't see any dreadful affects from using a different cursor. My site is an artistic site and I use it because it looks cool. Lots of other sites do it as well. Unless you can provide me with a reason that shows that the cursor affects my visitors in a negative way, I don't see a problem with keeping it.
    It's not so much a major usability issue as it's a minor annoyance. I work on a computer a lot, and everytime I see that crosshair I think I'm about to draw a vector rectangle.

    It's generally bad web karma to mess with the user's preferences... let the user decide what mouse they want where and how they want their scrollbars to look. Just my opinion, but the opinion of many others as well. You can wow them with your design, not your crosshair mouse pointer.

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    You could create a custom pointer cursor - e.g. chamge the color of the cursor to match your design but not the shape, if you wanted to, but I never bother with cursors.


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