IE flex collapse bug

While using Flexbox in production for the first time I discovered a bug that causes flex items to collapse to nothing in IE 10-11. The bug happens when using the flex shorthand property on flex items inside a vertical Flexbox layout.

Turns out this was a red herring. The actual bug is that IE 10-11 treats flex-basis as an absolute height when all flex items are flexible. And since the default value for flex-basis is 0px when using flex, the elements end up being 0px high.

The solution is to explicitly set the flex-basis to auto (e.g flex: 1 1 auto) or use the separate properties (e.g: flex-grow: 1). If you need to use a flex-basis in this kind of layout, you should be able to use min-height or max-height to achieve the same result.

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