View Full Version : Suckerfish Dropdown menu bug in IE7

Dec 23rd, 2008, 03:21 AM
I'm not sure how many people using the Suckerfish (Sons of Suckerfish) Dropdown menu have noticed this, but in IE7 (but apparently not IE6 or lower), there's a bug that causes the menu to go nuts if you change the focus while one of the drop down menus is out, the menu remains out. I can't give an example cause I'm testing it on Windows, but you can trigger the bug by clicking and dragging a link from one of the drop down menus to the page background. I've found a couple of sites using the Suckerfish drop down menu that have managed to fix this problem (here (http://www.backloggery.com/) and here (http://www.brownandsharpe.com/)) but I don't know how they did it. Spent about 4 hours trying to figure it out.


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padding: 0;
margin: 0;
list-style: none;
line-height: 20px;
#nav a {
display: block;
width: 10em;
#nav li { /* all list items */
float: left;
width: 10em; /* width needed or else Opera goes nuts */
#nav li ul { /* second-level lists */
position: absolute;
background: orange;
width: 10em;
left: -999em; /* using left instead of display to hide menus because display: none isn't read by screen readers */
#nav li:hover ul, #nav li.sfhover ul { /* lists nested under hovered list items */
left: auto;
#content {
clear: left;
color: #ccc;


<ul id="nav">
<li><a href="#">Percoidei</a>
<li><a href="#">Remoras</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Tilefishes</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Bluefishes</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Tigerfishes</a></li>

<li><a href="#">Anabantoidei</a>
<li><a href="#">Climbing perches</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Labyrinthfishes</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Kissing gouramis</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Pike-heads</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Giant gouramis</a></li>

<li><a href="#">Gobioidei</a>
<li><a href="#">Burrowing gobies</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Dartfishes</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Eellike gobies</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Gobies</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Loach gobies</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Odontobutidae</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sandfishes</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Schindleriidae</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sleepers</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Xenisthmidae</a></li>

<div id="content">
<p>Lorem ipsum</p>


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I did find this on the subject: http://www.builtfromsource.com/2006/10/23/a-fix-for-suckerfish-dropdowns-in-ie-7/

But I think that ends up breaking it in IE6.

Never mind, figured it out.