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By: Ashton Sanders

Websites in a Flash CSS Reset

Jul 1 2011

As one does more and more work with CSS, you start to create a CSS Reset that work well for you and your workflow. There is some important code that I always recommend having on any website, so it’s more of “CSS Starter Code” that a “CSS Reset”

/* ~-~-~~-~ CSS Starter Code -~-~-~-~ *\
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\* ~-~-~~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ */

html, body, div, span, applet, object, iframe, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, abbr, acronym, address, big, cite, code, del, dfn, em, font, img, ins, kbd, q, s, samp, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, var, dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, legend, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border: 0;
outline: 0;
font-weight: inherit;
font-style: inherit;
font-size: 100%;
vertical-align: top;

ol, ul {
list-style: none;

html { overflow-y: scroll;}

strong, b {font-weight:900;}
em { font-style:italic; }
big { font-size: 1.17em }
small, sub, sup { font-size: .83em }
p { margin:1.12em 0;}

I’ll probably update this more in the future.


By: Ashton Sanders

Firefox Adding and Removing Scrollbar (CSS Fix)

Nov 3 2010

Filed under: CSS,Firefox,HTML

In Firefox, if the webpage you are viewing is not taller than your screen (and doesn’t need a scrollbar), Firefox will completely remove the scroll bar from your screen. This adds 20px of more space to your view space. Unfortunately, if your website is centered, this will actually move your webpage 10px to the left or right when switching between some pages.

This CSS code will automatically force a sidebar onto every page of your website; even if the scrollbar is not needed. That will stop your webpage from moving left and right on different pages:

html { overflow-y: scroll;}

Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

CSS Scroll Box instead of iFrames

May 1 2008

Filed under: CSS,HTML,Website Design

You’ve probably heard “iframes are horrible with search engines.” Well, they are.

I recently had a client want me to create scroll boxes for their website so they could fit 1000+ words into a 300×457 pixel scroll box. How can I create this scroll box without the iframe? Well, you are about to find out.

CSS Scroll Box Instead of an iframe:

We’re going to use a css property called “overflow,” and by setting it to auto, it turns a normal div into a scroll box!

#scrollbox {
<div id=”scrollbox”> *enter endless amounts of words*</div>

So what just happened there is we assigned a div with a fixed width and a fixed height. Normally, if you had an element (ie image or text) that was too big for those dimensions, the element will be pushed larger. By adding the CSS scrollbox property of “overflow:auto” we tell the div to create a scrollbar instead of changing the size of the div.

The CSS property “overflow” does have a possible value of “scroll”, but this adds a permanent scrollbar to the bottom and right-hand side of the div even if you don’t need them. This “auto” value is great because if your content isn’t larger than the div, no scrollbars will appear. And if your content only stretches horizontally, you will only see a horizontal scrollbar!

That’s it!
Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

CSS – Absolute Position Sidebar

May 15 2007

This is what I call CSS tip in 30 seconds:

It is very useful to be able to put your navigation bar or side bar at the bottom of your HTML, and absolute position it to appear up on your site where you want it to go. This is actually pretty easy.

If you just want it to be along the left side of your screen and lets say 100 pixels from the top (for your header), this would be your code:

#leftnav {
left: 0;

If you want your navigation bar to go along the right, obviously you would replace “left” with “right”.

Here is where it can get complicated: What if your layout is a fixed width, centered layout? Then you cant just align the navigation bar off to one side, because that would not stay inside of your layout, it would jump all the way off to the side. Here’s what you would do for a 1000 pixel width and centered website layout:

#leftnav {
right: 50%;
margin-right: -500px;

Quick Explanation: “right:50%” causes the right side of your navigation bar to be exactly in the middle of your screen. It doesn’t matter what size screen you have, it will always be right in the middle. Then the “margin-right:-500px” moves the entire navigation bar 500 pixels to the right. So in essence, the navigation bar will always be 500 pixels to the right of the exact middle of your browser! That way it looks permanent, and won’t move as you shrink your screen.

Another Note: If your navigation bar is going to the left side of your screen, here is another option: If you leave the side bar or navigation bar without the absolute positioning, and it appears directly below where you want it, then if you leave off the “right” or “left” in your CSS (leaving only “top:100px”) your navigation bar will move straight up to the top of the screen, and stay where you need it to be.

-CSS in a Flash!
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

CSS – Replacing Text with an Image

Apr 10 2007

Filed under: CSS,Website Design

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>

Create the CSS to replace the text with an image

In your CSS, write this:

/* Remove the Text */
#title span {

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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