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PRB: Visibility of a Parent Element Does Not Affect Visibility of Its Child

Article ID: 250347

Article Last Modified on 7/20/2001


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0

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Setting a parent element's visibility to "hidden" does not hide its child element.


A child element inherits its visibility from a parent only when the style is set to "inherit." When the style for the child is set to "hidden" or "visible," the child does not inherit the visibility of the parent.


A child element's visibility must be set back to inherit for it to take on the parent's attributes.


This behavior is by design.


For additional information, see the MSDN Online Web Workshop on visibility:

Additional query words: DIV SPAN Style.visibility

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