27 March 2009

Most used css tricks

Earlier before I have written an article about current best CSS hacks which you can see here And now here's the list of today's most used CSS tricks and tips. I have added image examples for most of them because of critics on CSS hacks article. If you think I have missed any please let me know

1. Rounded corners without images
<div id="container">
<b class="rtop">

<b class="r1"></b> <b class="r2"></b> <b class="r3"></b>
<b class="r4"></b>

<!--content goes here -->
<b class="rbottom">
<b class="r4"></b> <b class="r3"></b> <b class="r2"></b>
<b class="r1"></b>


.rtop, .rbottom{display:block}
.rtop *, .rbottom *{display: block; height: 1px; overflow: hidden}

.r1{margin: 0 5px}
.r2{margin: 0 3px}

.r3{margin: 0 2px}
.r4{margin: 0 1px; height: 2px}

Rounded corners without images

2. Style your order list

This is line one

Here is line two


And last line

ol {
font: italic 1em Georgia, Times, serif;

color: #999999;

ol p {
font: normal .8em Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

color: #000000;

Style your order list

3. Tableless forms
<label for="name">Name</label>
<input id="name" name="name"><br>
<label for="address">Address</label>
<input id="address" name="address"><br>

<label for="city">City</label>
<input id="city" name="city"><br>

label,input {

display: block;
width: 150px;
float: left;
margin-bottom: 10px;


label {
text-align: right;
width: 75px;
padding-right: 20px;


br { clear: left; }

CSS Tableless forms

4. Double blockquote
blockquote:first-letter {
background: url(images/open-quote.gif) no-repeat left top;
padding-left: 18px;
font: italic 1.4em Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;

Double blockquote

5. Gradient text effect
<h1><span></span>CSS Gradient Text</h1>

h1 {

font: bold 330%/100% "Lucida Grande";
position: relative;
color: #464646;

h1 span {
background: url(gradient.png) repeat-x;
position: absolute;
display: block;
width: 100%;
height: 31px;


<!--[if lt IE 7]>
h1 span {
background: none;
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader
(src='gradient.png', sizingMethod='scale');



Gradient text effect

6. Vertical centering with line-height

div *{

div p{

Content here

Vertical centering with line-height

7. Rounded corners with images
<div class="roundcont">
<div class="roundtop">
<img src="tl.gif" alt=""
width="15" height="15" class="corner"

style="display: none" />

<div class="roundbottom">
<img src="bl.gif" alt=""

width="15" height="15" class="corner"
style="display: none" />


.roundcont {
width: 250px;
background-color: #f90;
color: #fff;

.roundcont p {
margin: 0 10px;
.roundtop {

background: url(tr.gif) no-repeat top right;
.roundbottom {

background: url(br.gif) no-repeat top right;
img.corner {

width: 15px;
height: 15px;
border: none;
display: block !important;


Rounded corners with images

8. Multiple class name
<img src="image.gif" class="class1 class2" alt="" />

.class1 { border:2px solid #666; }
.class2 {

9. Center horizontally
<div id="container"></div>

#container {
margin:0px auto;

Center horizontally

10. CSS Drop Caps
<p class="introduction">
This paragraph has the class "introduction".
If your browser supports the pseudo-class
, the first letter will be
a drop-cap.

p.introduction:first-letter {
font-size : 300%;

font-weight : bold;
float : left;
width : 1em;

CSS Drop Caps

11. Prevent line breaks in links, oversized content to brake
12. Show firefox scrollbar, remove textarea scrollbar in IE

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