PRB: Internet Explorer Does Not Display Title Attribute Using the Select Tag

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Article ID: 221608 - View products that this article applies to.
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SYMPTOMS

Internet Explorer fails to display the Title attribute of the <SELECT> tag.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

MORE INFORMATION

If the <SELECT> tag is disabled in the HTML document, the contents of the Title attribute displays as a tooltip, as in the following example:
<select name="NAME" disabled title="This text will appear in a tooltip popup.">
				

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

Here is an example of HTML that does not display the Title attribute:
<html>
<head>
<title></title>
</head>
<body>
<form>
    <p><select name="NAME" size="1"
    title="This text should appear in a tooltip popup, but does not.">
        <option>Option1 </option>
        <option>Option2 </option>
        <option>Option3 </option>
    </select> </p>
</form>
</body>
</html>
				
Here is an example of HTML with the SELECT element disabled. The Title does display as a tooltip when the pointer hovers over it:
<html>
<head>
<title></title>
</head>
<body>
<form>
    <p><select name="NAME" size="1"

    disabled title="This text should appear in a tooltip popup.">
        <option>Option1 </option>
        <option>Option2 </option>
        <option>Option3 </option>
    </select> </p>
</form>
</body>
</html>
NOTE: The Title attribute is not in the HTML 4.0 specifications. It is an Internet Explorer-specific attribute.

Properties

Article ID: 221608 - Last Review: February 12, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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