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I'm having troubles when resizing images inside a div on IE7/8, working fine on other browsers.


I've got a wrapper div with a background and containing several images, you can zoom the wrapper and all the images inside will scale accordingly. Well, this zoom effect when in IE7/8 is not working properly, when I zoom the wrapper the content is not scaling (always 100%) but the background is zooming in and out correctly.


This is the structure:


<div id="wrapper"> 

   <a href="">image1</div>

   <a href="">image2</div>

   <a href="">image3</div>





Thanks in advance.




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Hi Fer,


Sorry to hear that the problem remains.


As you might have notice IE8 is a tremendous thorn in the side in terms of animating. One possible solution is adding filter:inherit in the CSS of the child elements, in this case the images, like this:

.wrapper img{

Carl created a great sample of this, you can see it here:



And more info regarding this issues in the following posts:



Also you could try exploring another choices in order to animate the content, try using modernizr or another feature detection tool in order to create a fallback code for this particular browser, that represents a very small percentage of the visitors.




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Hey Rodrigo,


thanks for the tip.


I changed the images holders from <a href=""> to <div> and its working now over IE7, not IE8. I'm considering seriously deactivating zoom stuff when IE8.

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oh regarding your changing the images holders from an anchor tag to a div.. making it to work in iE7.. that is because an anchor tag has its display property set to display:inline.. a div tags display property is set to display:block.. so if you needed to put back your anchor tags you can just add the display:block to that image holder css


also have you tried setting your images css to this

#wrapper a img {

if your using css background-image instead of an actual image tag than try those styles on that element you have the background-image or background shorthand property on

  • also when you are viewing this in IE8 .. what is the Document Mode and Browser Mode set to?

if you press F12 in IE the inspector will come up and you can let us know the Document Mode and Browser Mode


if you are viewing in iE8 .. make sure that the Browser Mode is IE8 and the Document Mode is IE8 Standards

  • is this IE8 standalone or is it IE9 or IE10 rendering the different Browser mode?
  • also what is the OS you are using Windows version ? .. or a iOS version??

an example of your code either a codepen or jsfiddle example will help alot :)

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Hi Donna,


Not really sure what your image processing tool is or how it works. Tought to make a recommendation. It would help to see an example of the problem.

The problem disappeared .Thanks a lot.I installed a new image processing tool.Thanks for your help.

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