Project owner:Nathan Toone
Available:since V1.2

A styleable drop down select box (similar to html select element)

Migration Note

As of version 1.4, dojox.form.DropDownSelect has been deprecated, as it has now been moved to dijit.form.Select. Please update your code!


HTML Select tags are problematic when it comes to styling - they are not very styleable, not to mention nearly impossible to get a consistent cross-browser widget. This widget aims to resolve that issue.


The DropDownSelect is designed to replace existing HTML select elements with minimal effort. You can also create them programmatically.


A simple DropDownSelect

This example shows a simple DropDownSelect widget - converted from a select tag.

<select name="select" dojoType="dojox.form.DropDownSelect">
    <option value="TN">Tennessee</option>
    <option value="VA" selected="selected">Virginia</option>
    <option value="WA">Washington</option>
    <option value="FL">Florida</option>
    <option value="CA">California</option>
<style type="text/css">
  @import "{{baseUrl}}dojox/form/resources/DropDownSelect.css";

A “styled” DropDownSelect

When styling the entries of a DropDownSelect, you must use div and span tags, instead of select and option tags - as IE will strip out any HTML within the option tags.

<div name="select" value="AK" dojoType="dojox.form.DropDownSelect">
    <span value="AL"><b>Alabama</b></span>
    <span value="AK"><font color="red">A</font><font color="orange">l</font><font color="yellow">a</font><font color="green">s</font><font color="blue">k</font><font color="purple">a</font></span>
    <span value="AZ"><i>Arizona</i></span>
    <span value="AR"><span class="ark">Arkansas</span></span>
    <span value="CA"><span style="font-size:25%">C</span><span style="font-size:50%">a</span><span style="font-size:75%">l</span><span style="font-size:90%">i</span><span style="font-size:100%">f</span><span style="font-size:125%">o</span><span style="font-size:133%">r</span><span style="font-size:150%">n</span><span style="font-size:175%">i</span><span style="font-size:200%">a</span></span>
    <span value="NM" disabled="disabled">New<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;Mexico</span>
<style type="text/css">
  @import "{{baseUrl}}dojox/form/resources/DropDownSelect.css";
  .ark { text-decoration: underline; }
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