How to Style Select Boxes with CSS3

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It is a truth universally acknowledged (no, I don’t like Jane Austen) that even with the power of CSS3, select boxes are very hard to style (of course, you can use the CSS3 appearance property, but it is still tricky and buggy, and is best supported only by Chrome). Fortunately, there exist a few tricks that can be used to achieve custom styling. Here’s mine, and it does not use any JavaScript, the semantics and the accessibility of the element are preserved, simply because I did not replace the control with custom markup. I just wrapped it in a span.

The code follows, but if you are impatient to give it a try.

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    1. Hey Clément, thanks for the proposal, however I believe that much more valuable information on generated content than I can provide can be found on WHATWG and W3C websites.

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