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Fun CSS Tricks You Can Use

By Dan Grossman
Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2004

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets allow you to implement a few neat effects on your webpages easily. You can implement these CSS effects on your site by simply copying and pasting the code.

ROLLOVER COLOR TEXT LINKS

Have your text links change color when the mouse passes over them by inserting this code into the HEAD of your document:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
A:hover {color:red}
-->
</style>

LINKS WITH NO UNDERLINE

Remove the underline from any or all of the links on your page by putting this in the HEAD of your document:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
A:link {text-decoration:none}
A:visited {text-decoration:none}
-->
</style>

Or, remove the underline form individual links by forming them like this:

<a href="page.html" style="text-decoration: none">link</a>

LINKS WITH A LINE ABOVE AND BELOW THEM

This is an interesting look that works especially well as a hover attribute for your links, but can also be applied to all of your links. It will show the normal underline and a line above the link:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
A:hover {text-decoration:overline underline}
-->
</style>

HIGHLIGHTED TEXT

Highlight important text on your page or words you want to stand out, easily:

<span style="background-color:yellow">highlighted text</span>

Try adding it to your link hover for a neat effect:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
A:hover {background-color: orange}
-->
</style>

BACKGROUND IMAGE THAT ISNT TILED

This will create a background image that doesn't repeat:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
BODY {background: #ffffff url(bg.gif) no-repeat}
-->
</style>

You can also center it, however it will be centered as the background of the entire document, not centered on the screenful:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
BODY {background: #ffffff url(bg.gif) no-repeat center}
-->
</style>

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