Inline links - block styling
19th October 2008
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Have you ever wanted to style your inline links as if they were blocks? Well it will be possible when all browsers include the style 'inline-block', but until then this is one way to do it.
No messing around with 'display:block;' / 'display:inline; / float:left; etc. this method, seen above, uses nothing more than a 'textarea' which is basically an inline block.
It is valid to place a textarea within a link and then style this to remove the default styles and replace them with your own. This includes background images, width, height, font-size, font-family, line-height etc. and using these we can produce a rollover background image change (well a background-position change) and have lovely inline block links.
Tested in IE6, IE7, Firefox, Opera, Safari(PC) and Google Chrome. Opera doesn't quite get the vertical text position right.
21st January 2012
Now we can use inline-blocks in all modern browsers.
You may use this method on your personal 'non-profit' web site without seeking my permission. A link back to CSSplay is always appreciated.
Commercial usage is also permitted without seeking approval, but I would ask that a donation is considered to support my work on CSSPlay.
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