Solution: jQuery .append() or .appendTo not working in IE8, IE7, or IE6
The solution to this is more of a warning: when you create elements in the DOM, if they are not closed, IE8, IE7 and IE6 will not allow any modification to that element, including .append() and .appendTo() because they are not considered standard or correct DOM elements, and hence are treated as text. Make sure that you close your elements such as <div></div><a></a>, etc. so the older browsers can tell what you are trying to do.
All modern browsers including IE 9, will still append to the non closed element if you decide not to close them, at least in my experience this occurs with <a >records but I have not tested with others.