If you are a web developer then you surely know what is an image replacement technique and what that means. One of the most common CSS techniques is the Phark Method, a very good and simple method.
Although this is very used, I noticed developers tend to skip fixing Firefox appearance of a dotted border that goes to the edge of the screen. In this tutorial I will show you how this can be fixed in a simple way.
First let’s see how Phark Method looks:
and the CSS:
The reason why the outline border goes to the edge is because of the text-indent value: -9999px. If the value is negative the text will be indented to the left and Firefox users will notice a dotted border that goes to the left edge of the screen.
There are two simple methods I know to fix this:
First method: use overflow
This is a fix I use frequently and it’s most recommended.
Second method: use outline
This also fixes the problem but this can cause problems(you will not see the selection) when tabbing (if accessibility is an important factor for you).
At first sight this doesn’t seems to be a very important problem, doesn’t affect the HTML layout but when you are developing a website you want to be close to perfection (at least you should try it :)) so I hope this will help you when encountering this kind of behavior.
Bellow you have a live demo with this outline example, please feel free to comment about it or about other solutions you’ve found!
Submit form on enter key using anchor
10 Web Usability tips for your website