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Background-image for div with forma and images


neo schmeichel

7:39 pm on Jan 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm coding a page with a search bar, behind which is a simple background image. The search form includes: 1. A small icon image (which actually isn't part of the form, but should appear to be so) 2. A text input for the search terms, and 3. An image input button to activate the search. The code looks something like this:

<div id="searchdiv"><img id="glass" src="images/nv-search.gif" width="24" height="23" /><form><input type="text" size="40" /> <input type="image" src="images/search-button.gif" /></form>

The tallest image (the search button) is 30px tall, which is exactly how tall I need the background-image to be. I've styled the div thus:

background-position:top left;

In FF, the background-image is somehow vertically-aligned to the center, and is only about half as tall as it should be. In IE6 and IE7, the background renders fine except that it is still missing about 2px at the top. I've been messing around with this for onger than I should have in the last couple of days, and haven't really been able to figure out what the deal is, so I figure I'm messing something up here that my meager experience with CSS has yet to teach me.


9:32 pm on Jan 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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1. Width does not apply to inline elements. You'll need to make #searchdiv a block element.

2. The extra space you're seeing is probably caused by line-height. Try tweaking that value (maybe try line-height: 100%;)

3. Make sure you're using a valid DOCTYPE so you're not in Quirks mode (beat you to it cmarshall). :)

[edited by: Fotiman at 9:33 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2007]

neo schmeichel

11:17 pm on Jan 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Setting display to "block" was the magic elixir. Thanks a bunch.


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