Disabling file drag to upload in IE9

On the project I’m working on, the worst browser we have to support is IE9. It’s not a bad problem to have since there are worse. Still, we have to work around it for some things, like file upload.

We’re using a file upload plugin to handle browser file uploading, and on modern browsers we have a nice drop zone:

IE9 can’t handle dragging a file into the browser, so we want to hide that box. Modernizr doesn’t have a good way to test for this, so I added a custom test:

Modernizr.addTest 'dragfiles', ->

Which works with the current HTML conditional:

<!--[if IE 9 ]>    <html lang='en' ng-app='LessonBuilder' id='ng-app' xmlns:ng='http:&#x2F;&#x2F;angularjs.org' class='ie ie9'> <![endif]-->

The Modernizr test may not be pretty, but it works, and can be extended or modified in the future.

So now, the markup for the box is:

Given you’ve got Modernizr on $rootScope of course.