Internet Explorer CSS Hacks - Transparent PNG and Selectors

Feb 23, 2008 css
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As a reference for myself, I wanted to jot these things down.

First off, let’s look at some common css selectors - and how we can use them to identify styles for specific versions of IE. (Note: I am way not into using hacks such as broken comments, etc, in CSS. I’d rather write a selector)

IE 6 and below

* html {}

IE 7 and below

*:first-child+html {} * html {}

IE 7 only

*:first-child+html {}

IE 7 and modern browsers only

html>body {}

I can’t tell you how many times I wished for the parent/child selector option in IE 6. I’ve written way too many ul ul ul li ul type strings

Next, let’s check out the behavior for transparent GIFs:

First off, use the conditional comment to bring in the stylesheet only when needed.

Then, the actual behavior:

* html img {
  behavior: expression((this.runtimeStyle.behavior="none")&&(this.pngSet?this.pngSet=true:(this.nodeName == "IMG" && this.src.toLowerCase().indexOf('.png')>-1?(this.runtimeStyle.backgroundImage = "none",
    this.runtimeStyle.filter = "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='" + this.src + "', sizingMethod='image')",
    this.src = "transparent.gif"):(this.origBg = this.origBg? this.origBg :this.currentStyle.backgroundImage.toString().replace('url("','').replace('")',''),
    this.runtimeStyle.filter = "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='" + this.origBg + "', sizingMethod='crop')",
    this.runtimeStyle.backgroundImage = "none")),this.pngSet=true)

The original article (I’ll link it at the end) references HTML .png as well - but I don’t give my png files a class of png… so its not worth it.

At any rate, I’m referencing this article and that article. I just didn’t want them to go offline and not have a copy of them. ;)

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