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[Bug 12245] @size on <select> drop-downs is not enough to specify the drop-down maxlength on long options lists with scrollbars

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Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 09:29:41 +0000
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--- Comment #17 from Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> 2011-05-06 09:29:39 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #16)
> (In reply to comment #15)
> > > What is exactly the best number of items to show really depends on your user
> > > interface layout.
> > 
> > How so?
> If the <select> element is part of an overlay, e.g. a lightbox or a menu or
> something similar, it would be expected to stay within the boundaries of that
> lightbox. The same probably applies for iframes.

This is not generally the case in desktop applications. Dropdown boxes get
their own widget which often goes outside the main application window.

This is especially true on Mac OSX where dropdown boxes positioning depends on
which item is selected.

> At the very least it has to stay visible within the desktop (i.e. not go off
> the bottom of the screen), 

This I agree with. Are there implementations that doesn't do this?

> or better even visible within the browser window.

Again, see above, this is not how desktop applications behave.

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