July 23, 2003
It gets my vote as the single worst browser regression bug in history. If, in IE6, you attempt to select text from most absolutely positioned elements, it simply won't work. You'll end up selecting half the page, and not the text you wanted. It's very silly, seeing as how selecting text worked fine in all IE5 versions.
It occurs when you try to select text which is vertically below the end of static content (which normally means any
<body> content), and only in standards-compatible mode. And when it happens, it's bloody annoying (for example, try selecting text on mezzoblue's old design).
There are two ways to fix it: don't put IE6 into standards-compatible mode using either a comment or XML prolog before the doctype, or...
Yep, it's a hack. Yep, it's ugly. Nope, I don't like it very much. But it does seem to work. If there's a page you desperately want to copy from in IE, then you could also add this favelet - Fix text selecting - to your favorites.
Oh, and on a related IE6-selecting-note, going to CSS Zen Garden's latest design and selecting the text at the top of the left bar to watch IE6 go bang. Stupid thing.
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