RE: html/css question

Subject: RE: html/css question
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:49:29 -0400

It was just the one link (among the several others) that needed
to stand out.

I could have done just a color-change, but I saw the button code,
so I turned that ONE link into a big obvious button... and it worked...
but only in a couple of browsers. In the other browsers it's a button
that goes nowhere.

As for the VB/VBA-ness.... humph.
I think this must be yet-another example where W3fools is right in
their rants about W3schools. (That's where I got the snippet.)

I haven't used Basic since before it was Visual.

Meanwhile, I'll tweak the syntax and see if that helps the current problem.

Your approach is more generalized and organized, of course.
I guess I need a web-dev, html/css/java hobby so I'll be more
practiced and current when I need some for work... twice a year. :-)

Thanks.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Chung [mailto:tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca]
> Sent: September-03-12 12:40 PM
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: html/css question
>
> Kevin,
>
> How is this supposed to make the links stand out? Onclick only acts
> when the link is clicked. Jan is right also that onclick is an
> attribute where you set the value with ="functionName()" and not
> :=functionName() -- the := syntax is in VB/VBA
>
> My instinct tells me to set a CSS block that codes all links of a
> "specialClass" to look different.
>
> <style type="text/css">
> a.specialClass { border: 1px blue solid; padding: 2px; }
> </style>
> Then add the class attribute to your links like this:
>
> <a class="specialClass"
> href="./001-011136-003_myproduct_5-2_webhelp_rev-
> a/startpage.htm"
> target="_blank">My Product 5.2.x Help </a>
>
> It might also help to set a colour change when the mouse hovers. Add
> this to the style block after the first declaration:
>
> a.specialClass:hover { background-color: blue; }
>
> (Note, because the border and padding are already set in the overall
> link, border and padding will be applied here as well.)
>
> You can also add a special handler for when the link is clicked:
>
> a.specialClass:active { border: 1px red solid; background-color: red; }
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> -Tony
>
>
>
> On 2012-09-03, at 7:50 AM, "McLauchlan, Kevin"
> <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > Wiser, and more HTML/CSS-proficient brains than mine are asked:
> >
> > Can you tell me please why this specific code works in some
> browsers
> > and not in others? And what, if anything, to do about it?
> >
> > The task:
> > An intro page contained links to several things, including the main
> > product documentation, the release notes, some white papers, etc.
> > It was pointed out that all the links were similar-looking, and the
> > most important one - the main docs - should stand out.
> >
> > The approach:
> > So, in the <head> of my START_HERE.html page, I added this:
> >
> > <script>
> > function displayResult()
> > {
> > document.getElementById("p1").style.textDecoration="underline
> overline";
> > }
> > </script>
> >
> >
> > Then, down where the link text is, I surrounded the href like this:
> >
> >
> > <button type="button" onclick=:displayResult()><a href="./001-
> 011136-003_myproduct_5-2_webhelp_rev-a/startpage.htm"
> target="_blank">My Product 5.2.x Help </a></button><br>
> >
> > Now, the appearance of the link is a nice, big, hard-to-miss button,
> in all browsers.
> > Unfortunately, it is a working link only in Chrome or Iron or Safari
> browsers right now.
> > It fails in IE9, Firefox, and Opera browsers... Click-click... nothing.
> > Well, not totally nothing - it briefly inverts when clicked, but it
> doesn't function as a link
> >
> > Did I steal some deprecated code? Or...
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > -kevin
> >
> > PS: It doesn't need to be a button. Anything non-garish, to make
> the link text stand out a bit, would be fine.


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