IE Corner Inserts via jQuery

I recently had a client whose design demanded rounded corners in a lot of different areas of their site. As I looked through the design documentation, the variety and color of these rounded widgets really started to add up. I quickly decided that pure CSS corners were the best choice for their design. Most users can utilize border-radius to apply the rounded effect without any overhead (the browser does the work), and the remaining users can be handled by a quick and easy bit of jQuery.

For the (better) browsers…

It’s easy to add corners to your design in most browsers. In a previous post, I talked about the different ways to apply CSS corners within your design. Here’s what I used for this particular client.

.corners {
	-moz-border-radius: 12px;
	-webkit-border-radius: 12px;
.noTL {
	-moz-border-radius-topleft: 0;
	-webkit-border-top-left-radius: 0;
.noTR {
	-moz-border-radius-topright: 0;
	-webkit-border-top-right-radius: 0;
.noBL {
	-moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 0;
	-webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 0;
.noBR {
	-moz-border-radius-bottomright: 0;
	-webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 0;

This made it extremely easy to add corners to the elements in my design. In most cases, I could simply add <div class="myDivClass corners"/>, and the CSS does the rest. If I don’t want a rounded edge on a particular corner, I can just add noTR, noBL, etc. to my class list. Easy.

For the other (not-so-better) browser…

Disclaimer: this really doesn’t do anything entirely too amazing. It’s not auto-magically generating corner images, and it’s not inserting a ton of HTML to simulate corner images (I just hate when scripts do that). This is a script I have been using for a while to add corners for IE users; basically, it builds a custom image path for each style of widget in your design marked with the corners CSS class. For each corners widget that my script finds, it will trace up through your HTML until it finds a parent element with a background-color. It then creates four <div/> tags inside your widget and positions them at the outer corners of the widget. The background-image for these <div/> tags is set to something like corners-12-ffffff.png or corners-12-ffaa10-border (if your widget has a border-width associated with it). The 12 is the radius of your corner, and ffffff is the background color that appears behind your widget. You’ll have to create the images yourself (and put them in the right place), but my script will handle inserting the HTML and CSS in the right place. If you create the images a little like this, then you’ll find that your IE corners will be in place in no time at all.

It’s certainly not ground-breaking stuff, but it makes it very easy to reduce the overhead in your design for most users. In addition, the script is fairly small, and you’ll find it’s really not much overhead for IE users as well. Here’s how to add it to your site:

  1. You’ll need jQuery 1.3.2 or later linked to your page
  2. Add the CSS (above) to your style sheet. This takes care of everyone except for IE.
  3. Create a new JavaScript file with the following contents:
    	IE Corner Inserts v1.0
    	by Kyle Schaeffer
    	* requires jQuery 1.3.2 or later
    // change this path to match the path to your corner image files
    var cornerImagePathPrefix = '/designImages/';
    // default file extension for corner images is PNG
    var cornerImageFileExtension = '.png';
    // default corner radius
    var cornerRadius = '12';
    		var parentDiv = $(this).parent();
    		var cornerColor = null;
    		// find parent background color (trace up through DOM)
    		while(cornerColor == null && parentDiv != null){
    			if($(parentDiv).css('background-color') != 'transparent'){
    				cornerColor = $(parentDiv).css('background-color');
    				cornerColor = cornerColor.substr(1);
    			else if($(parentDiv).hasClass('bodyWrapper')){
    				cornerColor = '6f98ae';
    				parentDiv = $(parentDiv).parent().get(0);
    		// apply corner <div/> tags to elements
    		if(cornerColor != null){
    			// find border offsets
    			var offsetTop = parseInt($(this).css('border-top-width')) || 0;
    			var offsetRight = parseInt($(this).css('border-right-width')) || 0;
    			var offsetBottom = parseInt($(this).css('border-bottom-width')) || 0;
    			var offsetLeft = parseInt($(this).css('border-left-width')) || 0;
    			// add "-border" to any image path (for border-only corners)
    			var borderImageText = '';
    			if(offsetTop > 0 && offsetRight > 0 && offsetBottom > 0 && offsetLeft > 0){
    				borderImageText = '-border';
    			// change color values like "#fff" to "#ffffff"
    			if(cornerColor.length == 3){
    				cornerColor += cornerColor;
    			// set position to relative (if not already set)
    			if($(this).css('position') != 'absolute' && $(this).css('position') != 'relative'){
    			// corner image filename
    			var cornerImage = 'corners-' + cornerRadius + '-' + cornerColor + borderImageText + cornerImageFileExtension;
    			// add corners
    				var cornerDiv = $('<div style="position: absolute; height: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; width: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; background: url(' + cornerImagePathPrefix + cornerImage + ') top left no-repeat;"/>');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('top',(offsetTop * -1) + 'px');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('left',(offsetLeft * -1) + 'px');
    				var cornerDiv = $('<div style="position: absolute; height: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; width: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; background: url(' + cornerImagePathPrefix + cornerImage + ') top right no-repeat;"/>');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('top',(offsetTop * -1) + 'px');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('right',(offsetRight * -1) + 'px');
    				var cornerDiv = $('<div style="position: absolute; height: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; width: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; background: url(' + cornerImagePathPrefix + cornerImage + ') bottom left no-repeat;"/>');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('bottom',(offsetBottom * -1) + 'px');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('left',(offsetLeft * -1) + 'px');
    				var cornerDiv = $('<div style="position: absolute; height: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; width: ' + cornerRadius + 'px; background: url(' + cornerImagePathPrefix + cornerImage + ') bottom right no-repeat;"/>');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('bottom',(offsetBottom * -1) + 'px');
    				$(cornerDiv).css('right',(offsetRight * -1) + 'px');
    String.prototype.endsWith = function(str){
  4. Take a look at the configuration variables near the top of the script and update if needed
  5. Link to your new JS file, but make sure only IE users are loading the file:
    <!--[if lte IE 8]>
    	<script type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/IE-Corner-Inserts.js"></script>
  6. Create your corner images and place them in the correct path on your web server. I recently made available a corner images Photoshop template if you need help getting started.

That’s it! If all goes well, you should hopefully see image-based rounded corners in Internet Explorer, as well as the more simplistic CSS-powered corners in all other browsers.


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  2. maruthi says:

    Do you have the example/demo of this


  3. Lou says:

    Hi – thanks for a good tutorial. Would it be possible to use this jquery to add rounded corners to images?
    I have been looking for at way to do that, but have not found at good one yet……
    regards, Lou

  4. Hi, Lou. Yes, you could certainly apply this to an image as well — you’ll just have to surround the image with a <div class="corners" />, and the corners will be applied directly on top of your image. You might have to set the height/width of the <div/> to ensure that the corners aren’t drawn on the far-side of the page, but it should definitely work. Good luck!

  5. matt says:

    This just made my day. Thanks

  6. jaya says:

    The corner radius issue of IE gonna solve.

  7. Can I just say “It’s about damned time!”

  8. Si says:

    Why would this not be working in IE6? I love it but 90% of our clients still use IE6.

  9. Kyle says:

    Hi, Si. You should probably disable rounded corners for IE6 users — they should be used to seeing the “dumbed down” version of websites, so rounded corners are most likely the last thing they would expect. You can do this by attaching an IE6-only CSS style sheet and hiding the corners there, or you could simply change the IE-specific comment line to be [if gt IE 6].

    Alternatively, you might be able to do some CSS hacks like zoom:1 on all the corner boxes to try and clean it up on IE6 browsers. This is something I generally avoid getting into, but it’s one avenue of development you could pursue if you’re interested.