Lists may seem to be mundane items, but many pages on the Web include at least one. The way you choose to mark up these lists can make a big difference. This article explores several the advantages and disadvantages of several common markup methods. It is taken from chapter one of Dan Cederholm's book Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook (Apress, 2004; ISBN: 1590593812).
This CSS will probably look similar to the previous example. The main difference here is the absence of a border-bottom that created the 4-pixel-tall tab and the addition of a single background-image set to sit bottom center for all hover and selected states (see Figure 1-8).
Figure 1-8. A mini-tab navigation bar with shaped background images
The trick here is to choose an image that is narrow enough to fit under your smallest navigation item. This ensures you’ll only need one single image to use for highlighting all of your navigational links, regardless of varying character widths. There are, of course, unlimited possibilities in regards to the shapes you could use on your own projects (see Figure 1-9).
Figure 1-9. A few other various shape possibilities
This chapter is from Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook by Dan Cederhold (Apress, 2004, ISBN: 1590593812). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today. Buy this book now.
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