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The background shorthand property does not return an empty string when you view a webpage in Internet Explorer 9

You have a webpage in which you have specified the background-image, background-position, background-attachment, and background-repeat sub-properties. In this case, when you use Windows Internet Explorer 9 to browse the webpage, you notice that the value of the background shorthand property (style.background) reflects these four sub-properties instead of returning an empty string. 

  • This issue occurs in Quirks mode, in Strict mode, and in Internet Explorer 8 document mode.
  • The returned background shorthand property value is valid. This issue only affects code that depends on the presence of a non-empty style.background value to detect whether all background sub-properties are set.
This issue occurs when all background sub-properties are set except the background-color sub-property.

Security update information

To resolve this problem, install the most recent cumulative security update for Windows Internet Explorer. To do this, visit the following Microsoft website: For more technical information about the most recent cumulative security update for Windows Internet Explorer, visit the following Microsoft website:Note This update was first included in security update 2530548 (MS11-050). For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2530548 MS11-050 Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: June 14, 2011
For more information, visit the following Microsoft website:

Article ID: 2565076 - Last Review: 06/22/2011 17:28:00 - Revision: 1.0

  • Windows Internet Explorer 9
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