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10.29.2008

IE6 peek-a-boo bug

I was trying to manipulate the DOM to workaround the IE6 peekaboo bug, but none of the recommended methods seemed to work. I thought up this neat trick:

<!-- elijahr peekaboo fix -->
<img src="" alt="" style="display:none" onload="javascript:this.parentNode.innerHTML=this.parentNode.innerHTML+' ';"/>


It basically just rebuilds the corrupted DOM section through javascript and forces IE 6 to render correctly. You can put it only in the places you need it, or right under the body tag. Just make the img element a child of whatever element is giving you issues. A broader, but somewhat slower approach that might work would be to simply set the onload event of the body tag to:

<body onload="javascript:this.innerHTML=this.innerHTML+' ';">

But, that might not work in every case. Peek-a-boo is a sneaky fiend of a bug.

Cheers.

1 comment:

elijahr said...

Well, this doesn't seem to work when I apply it to the HTML with the most clearcut example of Peek-a-boo that I could find - http://www.positioniseverything.net/explorer/peekaboo.html. So, I'm not exactly sure why it worked in the scenario that I was using it (it did indeed work there), but perhaps somebody will find it useful anyways.

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