Here is my situation. I have a section on my .jsp page that I show or hide based on a selection in a drop down (patient pregnant or not) . I use the jQuery.slideUp() and jQuery.slideDown() to hide or show the section based on the user input, no problem here. My problem is if I want to hide the section when the user first arrives at the page, I trigger the document.ready() function to hide the section if necessary, but the user will see the section go away, and I think that looks sloppy. Any ideas on how to have that section to start of "slid up"? Using style="display: 'none' seems to work in IE, but not Firefox.