CSS: Techniques, Tutorials, Layouts


Since web-development is a quite dynamic field nowadays, new techniques are being developed and updated all the time. A primary example are CSS-related techniques, which emerge almost every day and offer more possibilities for fellows web-developers. We keep an eye on the recent developments and collect new ideas and methods for our readers. A “fresh” round-up of the “fresh” CSS techniques, tutorials and layouts. Links checked: May/17 2008.

You might be willing to check out our newer articles:

CSS Diagrams, Bar Graphs, Star Rater

    Basic CSS Bar Graph, Complex CSS Bar Graph, Vertical CSS Bar Graph
  • Super simple CSS bars
    Tobias Lütke
  • Creating a graph Russ Weakley – Creating a graph using percentage background imagesScreenshot
  • Dynamic Pie Chart with CSS
    This is an example of creating a semi-dynamic pie chart without the use of server-side imaging libraries
  • CSS Diagrams
    Things to Do With CSS When You’re Bored at Work
  • Star Rater
    Creating a Star Rater using CSS
  • CSS Star Rating
    CSS Star Rating Part Deux
  • Star Rater
    Example 1
  • CSS Ratings Selector
    Using a list item to create a star rater
  • Star Rater
    Example 3

CSS Forms

CSS Galleries

CSS Image Maps, Image Switcher, Sliding Photograph Galleries

CSS Layouts Templates


  • ThickBox 2.0
    Cody Lindley – ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal.
  • Lightbox Gone Wild!
    Particletree – Chris Campbell
  • Suckerfish HoverLightbox
    Jonathan Christopher
  • Lightbox JS v2.0
    by Lokesh Dhakar
  • Leightbox
    Simon de Haan · Eight Media

CSS Lists, Navigation, Menus, Rollovers


Tips & Tricks

  • All About CSS Drop Shadows
    By: John Gallant , Holly Bergevin
  • :BefTer Drop Shadows
    Using :before and :after pseudo elements to create beautiful drop shadow on standard browsers. Use built-in drop-shadow filter for Ie.
  • Fun with Drop Shadows
    Drop Shadows are a nice way to beautify images….
  • CSS Browser Selector
    Simple trick to help you on CSS hacks!
  • CSS filters (css hacks)
    Will the browser apply the rule(s)?
  • Image Preloader
    maratz.com – Marko Dugonji
  • Link Thumbnail
    Link Thumbnail shows users that are about to leave your site exactly where they’re going
  • Pure CSS Popups
    Eric A. Meyer
  • Smart Corners
    Using lightweight images, simple markup, and a small amount of CSS, I will demonstrate a method of creating round corners on elastic or liquid boxes
  • Spanky Corners 1.1 beta
    Spanky Corners’ is an experimental technique for using only CSS to produce ’round-cornered content boxes’ with semantically pure markup. It does not require JavaScript to work
  • “Sliding Doors” Box– Rounded Corners for All
    A Simple, Semantically Correct CSS Box with Clean Code
  • Liquid round corners
    Adaptable rounded edges – a multifunctional flexible css-concept with transparency for creating dynamically changing not rectangular borders
  • A More Accessible Map
    Is there a way to display text-based data on a map, keeping it accessible, useful and visually attractive?
  • CSS-Schieberegler
    A Slider with CSS. Without Java, Javascript, Flash oder animated gifs
  • Playing Cards with CSS
    This example demonstrates using CSS to graphically display standard playing cards on a web page…


CSS Tables

CSS (and JS)Tooltips

  • Bubble Tooltips
    Bubble Tooltips are an easy way to add (via a bit of CSS and javascript) fancy tooltips with a balloon shape to any web page.
  • qTip
    qTip will work on all like elements that are on the page. You can specify any HTML tag as your preferred element. Since the title attribute can be applied to any HTML element, this technique is standards compliant!
  • Sweet Titles Finalized
    JavaScript Fading Tooltips



  • Advanced CSS Layouts: Step by Step
    By Rogelio Vizcaino Lizaola and Andy King
  • CSS Basics.com
    Making Cascading Style Sheets Easy to Understand
  • CSS Beginner’s Guide
    CSS, or ‘Cascading Styles Sheets’ are a way to style HTML. Whereas the HTML is the content, the style sheet is the presentation of that document.
  • CSS Intermediate Guide
    Like the HTML Intermediate Guide, this CSS Intermediate Guide should not be that difficult, but rather build on the basics of the CSS Beginner’s Guide.
  • CSS Advanced Guide
    The CSS Advanced Guide is for those who want to push CSS to the extreme, highlighting methods that might not be immediately obvious to the intermediate developer.
  • CSS Demonstrations and Tutorials
    CSS and HTML examples, demonstrations and tutorials
  • CSS Layout Techniques: for Fun and Profit
    A resource for web designers and developers who want to learn CSS layout techniques to replace archaic table-based web page layouts..
  • CSS Menu Tutorial
    Horizontal and Vertical CSS Menu Tutorials
  • CSS Tutorial
    CSS Tutorial von w3schools.com
    The Complete CSS tutorial
  • Floatutorial: Step by step CSS float tutorial
    Floatutorial takes you through the basics of floating elements such as images, drop caps, next and back buttons, image galleries, inline lists and multi-column layouts.
  • Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps
    This tutorial examines the different layout properties available in CSS: position:static, position:relative, position:absolute, and float
  • Listutorial: Step by step CSS list tutorial
    Listutorial takes you through the basics of building background image lists, rollover lists, nested lists and horizontal lists
  • Selectutorial – CSS selectors
    Selectors are one of the most important aspects of CSS as they are used to “select” elements on an HTML page so that they can be styled.
    Find out more about selectors including the structure of rules, the document tree, types of selectors and their uses. There is also a step-by-step tutorial showing how selectors are used in the process of building a 3-column layout.
  • Site in an Hour
    by Andrew Krespanis – Making Simple Work of Complex CSS Layouts
  • Style master css tutorial
    hands on css tutorial – This tutorial teaches CSS using both hand-coding and Style Master for Windows.
  • Online tutorials
    The House of Style has several cascading style sheets tutorials, with explanations, excercises and worked examples to get you up and running with style sheets as quickly as possible.
  • Stylesheets
    Cascading style sheets tutorials and style guide

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  1. 1

    Excellent list. Love the CSS graphs. Thanks!

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    wow..amazing .

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    just enjoying your site, thanks

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    Great collection of resources. Thanks for sharing dude.

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    Take a look at my website for only great portfolio & web deisn inspiration : webdesign-inspiration.com

    And thanks for the cool links :)

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    Rob - Web Page Tools

    March 16, 2007 10:59 pm

    I have a web page on choosing colors and with a color scheme tool and also the color names and numbers for use in your html and css files.

    Good selection on css resources will have to go through the list see what i can use.


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    given CSS based menus (without using javascript) are not working on IE-6. please suggest.


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    Fantastic site! Only had a quick dip into the tutorials … the graph idea is brilliant – so simple. Thank you.

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    As you suggest, the world of CSS is moving so rapidly that I think roundups like this one are very important for the average designer, since they allow us to keep up. In a larger sense, though, I think the development of CSS is one of the great success stories of the web. For one, it demonstrates the creative side of programming, the opportunity to make something that is distinctive and creative. Code doesn’t often seem sexy, but CSS can certainly utilize code to make something sexy. Additionally, though, as it develops, it seems to do so through the innovations of average everyday users, who seem genuinely interested in making the web a better place rather than simply programming for money or glory. This is the kind of cooperation that Web 2.0 is meant to emulate.

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    nice tutorials….its very useful for css beginers….keep it up…post more tutorials…

  12. 12

    wonderful Tutorials, good training ground for css beginners.

    Bookmarked on my browser !! :)

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    very top of article some text that should be a link?
    # Star Rater
    Example 1
    # CSS Ratings Selector
    Using a list item to create a star rater
    # Star Rater
    Example 3

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    very good!

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    Awesome collections!! Thanks for your hardwork.. Great..

  16. 16

    Nice and practical info. Let me sign up to your web site. Thnx. keep up the nice perform

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    thanx for ur help…


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