[nycphp-talk] HTML/CSS div hide/show form problem

Cliff Hirsch cliff at
Thu Jan 4 15:25:43 EST 2007

Figured this one out, so I'll pass it along. Apparently it is a well
documented FireFox bug. Input elements can lose the cursor when inside a
div that is set to display:none, among other conditions. When the div is
set to be visible again, the cursor is simply gone - way annoying.
The workaround I used, which appears to work so far, is to set the focus
to some input element outside the div before setting the div display
property to none. This appears to "carry" the cursor to the focused
element. Then, when I expand the div again, I set the focus to an input
element inside the div.
-----Original Message-----
From: talk-bounces at [mailto:talk-bounces at]
On Behalf Of Kenneth Downs
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 12:44 PM
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Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] HTML/CSS div hide/show form problem

Can you simply set the focus of a control when the display is turned off
or on? 

Cliff Hirsch wrote: 
Ok, so this isn't PHP, but it's what drives us PHP programmers' crazy
right - "quirks" mode, browser incompatibilities, etc. It's maddening.
I asked my Boston PHP buddies if they can figure this one out. Let's see
who can provide an answer first: Yankees or Red Sox:
I have a form that can be toggled to be visible or hidden using the
following statement:
<div id="inviteform" style="display:none;">
   the form... 
The form is initially set to be hidden. A simple JavaScript function
toggles the div display property to nothing/block or none.
Without this code, the cursor appears normally in the input elements
With this code, the cursor disappears in the input elements. It's
awfully annoying to type text in an input element without the visual cue
of a cursor.
This occurs in FireFox, but not IE.
Does anyone know why the cursor is disappearing? I'm guessing that the
input element cursor attribute picks up the none property (as in
cascading) when hidden, but does not revert back to visible when the div
display element is changed back to '' or block.
Any ideas regarding a solution?


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