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gmn17:-
this is the end of civilization as we know it!
(22.11.2005, 06:23)

Stu:-
Perhaps the beginning of a better one? Where active/focus states can be css defined instead of boring dots ;o)
(22.11.2005, 09:11)

Dylan:-
I don't really see the big deal here. You can turn off the focusring in Mozilla using the -moz-outline property (see StyleGala's css near the top). Opera doesn't even show a focusring at all. Internet Explorer is another matter though, I suppose this method could be useful for that.

Active and focus states for links isn't exactly something new...the focusring is the browser's default behaviour for indicating that a link is being interacted with, I don't really see why you should change that.

I know I may sound a bit scathing, but I'm just failing to see the idea behind this.
(22.11.2005, 14:46)

Stu:-
Dylan, you can turn it off in mozilla but this doesn't rely upon you doing that. This is just a method of changing the look of the active/focus default state. If your link produces a pop-up window for instance then it will have the default dotted border on screen whilst it remains active. You could style this to remove the active border altogether or to make it look in keeping with your layout. After all we style the :hover status to remove the default underline etc. so why not the :active/:focus status without the default dotted border.
(22.11.2005, 15:11)

Mary:-
Stu, the image swapping and nifty three state button are wonderful. This is one of my favorites of your menus. Addressing the point of whether this is a good thing -- I am all in favor. The browser focus remains obvious, and the look is clean as can be. At least it is on Windows. On a Mac, Safari does not show borders for any items, while IE 5 always has borders. The first example, however, is a distinct improvement on default IE behavior. The border expands to encompass the entire button area rather than just the text. The image swap works on all browsers, as does the triple button.
(23.11.2005, 00:12)

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