How can I make these CSS absolute positions work in IE?

Tags: css,css-position

Problem :

Please look at the code below. If you look at the diagram of the body, each colour represents different content on the right. However, these links won't work in IE, I assume due to the CSS I have written.

Can anyone shed some light on how I can replicate this in IE?


<div id="male">
    <img src="male1.png" alt="male1 Compensation Calculator" title="male" width="130" height="300" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-117" /></p>
    <div class="head"><span class="whole fakelink"></span></div>
    <div class="neck"><span class="whole fakelink"></span></div>
    <div class="arm1"><span class="whole fakelink"></span></div>
    <div class="arm2"><span class="whole fakelink"></span></div>
    <div class="torso"><span class="whole fakelink"></span></div>
    <div class="legs"><span class="whole fakelink"></span></div>


div.head {
    position: absolute;
    width: 70px;
    margin-left: 31px;
    height: 70px;
div.neck {
    position: absolute;
    height: 6px;
    width: 18px;
    margin: 70px 0px 0px 56px;
div.arm1 {
    position: absolute;
    height: 105px;
    width: 30px;
    margin: 77px 0px 0px 100px;
div.arm2 {
    position: absolute;
    height: 105px;
    width: 30px;
    margin: 77px 0px 0px 0px;
div.torso {
    position: absolute;
    height: 118px;
    width: 70px;
    margin: 77px 0px 0px 31px;
div.legs {
    position: absolute;
    height: 105px;
    width: 69px;
    margin: 195px 0px 0px 31px;
.whole {
.fakelink {
.fakelink:hover {
    cursor: pointer;

Solution :

I know of only two solutions to fix this issue, though they both ultimately come down to needing a background:

Option 1
Set a background-color on .fakelink that is not transparent. Whilst clearly in your case this wouldn't be very helpful it will illustrate the need for a background.

If you were only needing to support IE9, I would suggest using rgba with a low alpha opacity:

.fakelink{ background-colour: rgba(255,255,255,0.01) }

Option 2
Use a small transparent .png or .gif and tile it as the background-image for .fakelink

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