HTML Labels & Netscape 7.0

Annika Backstrom
in misc, on 26 January 2005. It is tagged and #Web.

Maybe I'm the only one that missed this announcement, but floated <label> tags disappear in Netscape 7.0. I use this code often:

<div class="formrow">
    <input type="text" name="user_name">

With some CSS to style:

.formrow label {
    width: 8em;
    float: left;
    text-align: right;
    display: block;

This code nicely aligns the form labels and edges of form inputs along a line, as in the following screenshot:

Screenshot of form from web browser.

Of course, Netscape 7.0 throws a wrench in the works. Floating labels disappear without a trace. The fix is pretty easy, though: embed a \<span> in the \<label> and apply the styles to the span instead. The HTML becomes:


And the CSS turns into:

.formrow label span { }

That's it. Uh, thanks for reading.