[whatwg] The new content model for <details> breaks rendering in MSIE5-7

Jeremy Keith jeremy at adactio.com
Fri Nov 27 05:23:06 PST 2009

On October 14th, Hixie wrote:
> As far as I can see the options are as follows:
> 1. Drop support for <details> and <figure> for now, revisit it later.
> 2. Use <legend>, and don't expect to be able to use it in any browsers
>    sanely for a few years.
> 3. Use <dt>/<dd>, and don't expect to be able to use it in old  
> versions
>    of IE without rather complicated and elaborate hacks for a few  
> years.
> 4. Invent a new element with a weird name (since all the good names  
> are
>    taken already), and don't expect to be able to use it in IE without
>    hacks for a few years.
> I am not convinced of the wisdom of #4. I prefer #2 long term, but I  
> see
> the argument for #3.

It looks like the workaround for #3 isn't quite as arduous as it first  


Wrapping the <details> or <figure> element in a <div> seems to fix  
IE's parsing. It's still not ideal but it's much better than the  
conditional comment <object> hackery.

(and again, this only relates to versions of IE before IE8)

So, on balance, #3 is looking more reasonable than #2 (which fails in  
a lot more browsers).


Jeremy Keith

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