In this article, I’ve pieced together 30 excellent CSS techniques and examples that showcases the capabilities and robustness of CSS. You’ll see a variety of techniques such as image galleries, drop shadows, scalable buttons, menus, and more – all using only CSS and HTML.
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A pure css-based gallery; hovering over an image enlarges it.
A creative and complex navigation scheme.
An accordion effect; hovering over an image expands it.
Part of an article entitled “Supercharge your image borders” showcasing how you can use CSS styles to make images look more interesting.
Aan image effect demo and discussion based on a A List Apart article entitled, “CSS Drop shadows“.
Hovering over the tabs changes the category, while hovering over an image enlarges it.
Uses a single image and adjustment of the
Mimics a table layout, but uses lists. The gallery is also fluid width.
A static footer with very little XHTML required.
10. whatever: hover
A navigation menu that mimics Window’s Start menu.
An accordion effect using div’s and
:hover; the accordion effect can be vertical or horizontal.
A technique that addresses vertical scaling, the use of many images, and lack of a hover effect.
13. Pushbutton Links
links that are styled to look like buttons without using images.
The table’s captions stay put which is excellent for long tables.
When you hover over the image, the container div is shown with more text.
A beautifully styled, table with semantic mark-up – uses a background image.
17. PNG Overlay
Another way to add flare to images (rounds the corners and adds a border and drop shadow).
Simple tutorial on adding icons to different types of links.
Uses only one image and very few lines of code and mark-up.
Tree-like navigation using nested lists, great for sitemap pages.
22. Curved corners 2
Fluid width and height divs with rounded corners.
<li> styled into bar graphs.
3 bar graph examples – “Basic CSS Bar Graph”, “Complex CSS Bar Graph”, and “Vertical CSS Bar Graph” using div’s and definition list tags.
Showcases an accessible web form.
Using empty spacer div’s, the page’s text mimics a wrapping effect around the background image.
A demo using opacity and a single image that gradually fades in to cover the text.
29. Pure CSS Pop-ups
A pop-up technique that works even in IE 5 Mac.
Uses background image overlays, and empty span tag, and
position: absolute to create a gradient effect on text.