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CSS – Replacing Text with an Image

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) make it very easy to replace text with an image. Here is the whole process described in as few words as possible:

Background Information

In CSS, “display:none” will cause that element and every child in it to disappear. There is nothing you can do to make one of the child’s element.
“background-image” give an element a background. This can be applied to just about every element.

Create the Elements in HTML

In your HTML, write this:

<h3 id=”title”>
<span>Here is the Title!</span>
</h3>

Create the CSS to replace the text with an image

In your CSS, write this:

/* Remove the Text */
#title span {
display:none;
}

h3#title {
background: url(“image/url.jpg”) no-repeat top left;
height: 20px;
width: 100px;
}

And Bam! Your text has disappeared off of the page, and the H3 element is 20 pixels wide and 100 pixels tall. It also has an image for a background that is aligned in the top left corner.

I’ve seen that CSS Text Replacement technique described with two pages, so I thought I’d see how short of a blog I could make out of it.

And Now you know how to replace text with an Image!

On a side Note, I’ve also seen this done with: “text-indent: -5000px;” or “visibility:hidden”. These work, but I would stick with display:none. It’s the cleanest way to do it.

-I hope that helps you out with your CSS and Design Needs.
-Ashton Sanders

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