Pre-select Not Working in Firefox for XHTML SELECT

The pre-selected option in a SELECT box seemed to be working in IE, but not in Firefox.

I could not get this to work in Firefox, no matter what – which is a bit poor because how are you supposed to present a field for update that already has a pre-set value?

In the end I had to use a piece of javascript in conjunction with some scripting to hardwire the values of the various drop-downs on the page according to the values coming out of a database. Not nice.