It never ceases to amaze me how a browser like IE6, managed to not implement something as trivial as an attribute like disabled. The IE team managed to implement it against the <select> element, but some how overlooked the <option> element. They implement the readonly attribute against the appropriate elements – yet some how the disabled attribute managed to be overlooked when they implemented it. More surprising is that, since the HTML4.01 specification came out in late 1999, IE has been updated and upgraded for various things literally hundreds of times. Why hasn’t this made it into an update? You’d begin to think that Microsoft aren’t aware of it, however the thought of that just seems too far fetched.