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

Dean Edwards dean.edwards at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 09:55:29 PDT 2009

On 29/09/2009 16:12, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Dean Edwards<dean.edwards at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> This will also affect the<figure>  element.
>> Test case:
>> http://dean.edwards.name/test/details.html
> Luckily this has already been discovered and hacked around:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Sep/0802.html
> This hack can also be applied via document.write(), so it can be
> integrated into existing scripts that fix legacy IE renderings via the
> document.createElement() hack.  (The only restriction is that it
> immediately switches IE parsing into body mode, so it must be the very
> last thing in<head>.)

I can't get it to work using document.write(). Do you have a live example?

And kudos to the guy that discovered this hack. I have no idea how it 
works but it seems to do the trick. Do you have any background to this 
hack apart from what was on the W3C list?


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