differentiating SELECT elements

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With most HTML elements (that I run into), if you set their style.border
attribute you get an element that is
visually differentiated from an element without that attribute being set.  Some
exceptions to this are the TBODY, TR,
and SELECT elements, where this attribute seems to have no effect.  My question
is: is there a simple minded way,
without structural alteration, to effect a visual change in the SELECT element

By simple minded, I'm after putting in an attribute into the <Select ...>
portion (or corresponding CSS).  By
"without structural alteration", I mean that I'd like to avoid solutions like
bracketing the whole
<Select>...</Select> with a <SPAN Style='border:red double 2px'> or <DIV...>
element where that element's border is

set.  The solution doesn't need to involve borders.  For example, a color might
change.  This only needs to work on
IE 5.5+ since I'm just making this for me.

Csaba Gabor from New York

<option>Val 1</option>
<option>Option 2</option>

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