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.
This made it extremely easy to add corners to the elements in my design. In most cases, I could simply add <div class="myDivClass <strong>corners</strong>"/>, 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: