How To Style select menu in HTML using jquery

Today, when I was surfing net, I found this very interesting topic – How To Style Dropdown in HTML. Since in HTML the dropdown is the SELECT tag and its rendering depends on both OS and the browser of client. Though you can change its font, font-size, width, height like basic CSS properties but what if you want to change the whole look and feel of the dropdown. For example, the down arrow that comes along with the dropdown or the background colour of the options list when mouse is hovered through them.

So I decided to try and do this using jQuery and CSS and finally came with this small jQuery plugin selectify that can help in styling dropdown menus. Its very simple in use and when used with a small javascript code …


   jQuery( function( $ ) {
                $( '#myDropdown' ).selectify({
                        arrowSymbol : '▼'

… and customized CSS …


        ul.uploadifyDropdown li[name=selected]{border:1px solid #ccc;cursor:default;padding:2px;-moz-border-radius:2px;border-radius:2px;webkit-border-radius:2px;background:#eee}
        ul.uploadifyDropdown li[name=selected] span.selectText{padding:2px 4px;}
        ul.uploadifyDropdown li[name=selected] a.changeValue{text-decoration:underline;color:#000;float:right;border-left:1px solid #ddd;padding:2px 4px;}
        ul.uploadifyDropdown li.generated{border-right:1px solid #ddd;padding:2px 4px;border-left:1px solid #ddd;}
        ul.uploadifyDropdown li.generated:last-child{border-bottom:1px solid #ddd;-moz-border-radius:2px;border-radius:2px;webkit-border-radius:2px}
        ul.uploadifyDropdown li.generated:hover{color:#eee;background:#39f}
        ul.uploadifyDropdown li[name=selected] a.changeValue:focus{outline:0}

… the trick worked out pretty well.

Check out the Demo
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